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Interpol's Sam Fogarino covers Charlie Pickett

Chicago's venerable Bloodshot Records is celebrating a 20th anniversary, and the newly released 'While No One Was Looking : Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records' compilation features Interpol's Sam Fogarino covering "I Liked It A Lot", by Miami's Charlie Pickett (above).

John Peel - remembered

Today marks 10 years since the passing of John Peel, a man who opened the BBC radio airwaves for bands and artists outside the remit of the stations "regular" programming and opened the minds of thousands listening at home to sounds they otherwise may have never heard. One of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, throughout his 5-decade spanning career he never showed no signs of slowing down and his influence on (the good part) of modern music is immeasurable.

As a small tribute to the many Matador bands who recorded a Peel Session over the years, we've compiled a selection of some of the session that made it on to YouTube, (many - including The Fall, Wisdom Of Harry and Pretty Girls Make Graves - haven't) and there's a full archive of all the Peel sessions over at the BBC Website:

Featuring: Cat Power, Interpol, Yo La Tengo, Pavement, Belle and Sebastian, Sonic Youth, Mogwai, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Solex, Unsane, Arab Strab, Unwound, Guided By Voices, Superchunk, Techno Animal and Boards Of Canada.


Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, RIP

Memphis guitar genius and songwriter Teenie Hodges, the Hi Rhythm Section linchpin whose accompaniment of artists including, but not limited to Al Green, Ann Peebles, Otis Clay, Syl Johnson and our own Chan Marshall are just a portion of his legacy, passed away Sunday at the age of 68. Our thoughts this morning are with the family, friends and musical collaborators

Alumni Corner : Help Marcellus Hall Complete His New Album

There's few reading this who didn't have their adolescence or adulthood dramatically improved by the songs of Railroad Jerk / White Hassle founder Marcellus Hall. Following a fantastic solo LP in 2011, 'The First Line',, he'd like to put the finishing touches on another masterpiece, but (see above) your assistance would be appreciated..

In addition, here's a trailer for Hall's new children's book, 'Everyone Sleeps'.

An Orgy of Self-Congratulation, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2012 Favorites

(above : angry mob reacts to the news that at least two or 3 people didn't even mention the Total Control 7")

Around this time every year, your overpaid overworked editor attempts to coax a list of favorite recordings, books, television programs, life events, etc. out of the label's artist roster and our rock biz colleagues. In the past, the exercise has been an arduous process, fraught with nagging, teeth-gnashing and no shortage of reluctant participants. In more recent times, however, the serial oversharing epidemic that's run rampant throughout all online activity has infected our bands and staff alike. The rhetorical question, "who fucking asked you?" cannot be applied in this instance, because they were all asked. For some historical perspective, here's last year's pile. Questions or comments about our lousy tastes and/or blatant omissions are welcome (but not necessarily appreciated). And away we go!

Damian Abraham, Fucked Up

My fav records that I acquired off my want list this year:

Da Slyme - "st"  (with 1/1 FUCKED UP "Couple Tracks cover" haha) DBLP
- I got this thru Hits and Misses (RIP) in Toronto but it came from the drummer I believe. It didn't have a cover but the covers were just spraypainted covers of random records, so my friend Woody made me a copy of his cover and I recreated the stencil on a Fucked Up lp. A seminal Canadian record that I have wanted since I read about it in the Smash the State lp insert.

From Rotate This in Toronto. A top tier Killed By Death jam if there ever was one. Dutch punk so good that when asked what it sounds like all I can offer is: "Kinda

Slapshot - "Back On The Map" LP - Test Press #16 (my lucky number)
Traded this from my brother for a record I had given my wife. Does that make me a bad person?

Deja Voodoo - "Hiekkaa Hietarannan" 7" - I bought this from the guy that did our show in Tampere. The og lo-fi garage two piece's hardest
to find single... in their native Canada at-least.

V/A - "Triple Cross Counter Tour Compilation" 7" -
The last Bastard record I needed and I managed to have exactly enough cash on me to buy it and still have enough change to get back to the hotel on the subway as I was facing the nightmare scenario of having a bank card that wouldn't work while in a Japanese record store.

LSD - "Jast Last" ("dead model" cover) 7" - Bought this on an earlier trip this year to Japan. Buying Japanese hardcore records in Japan is the perk of being in a touring band that I had desired the longest... Yay me!

Dezerter - "Underground Out Of Poland" LP
I found this at She Said Boom in Toronto having looked for it forever. Polish hardcore that was smuggled out from behind the iron curtain by Joey Keithley from Canadian hardcore legends DOA (who sadly called it a day this year so: RIP). RAGING political hardcore produced under a government that wasn't always the biggest fan of such expression I would imagine.

Kiddeo - "Kids Can Rock" LP -
Picked this up at Sonic Boom in Toronto. A soundtrack album for the 80's kid's tv show. I grew up clowning on this show with my brother. A show for kids featuring a clown make-up wearing rock and roll band was sure to raise the ire of a precocious surly eight year old. Now as a parent I yearn for this to be put into reruns so I could watch it with my three year old.

d.b.s. - "Snowball" 7"
Another trade pick up. I first saw the video for this song on The Wedge (the tv show I host now... watch... please). Although they were not the first punk band I had ever heard, they were the first band that showed me that I could do it too. They were a bunch of kids slightly older then my 14 year old self touring the world and playing punk. It made me want to start my first band... who was nowhere near as good as d.b.s. While this is not an exceptionally valuable record it took me forever to find it.

Negative Approach "st" (rejected test press) 7"
The source shall remain anonymous but I did have to sell close to 400 records out of the collection to buy it. The record itself needs no introduction. The rejected test press was the holy grail of record collecting for me
since I learnt of it's existence 12 years ago. I had a chance to get it and I went for it... if for no other reason than to prevent the 23 year old from traveling thru time and space to beat my ass for not going for it.

Anthony Anzalado, Ceremony

1. Twin Shadow - Confess
2. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
3. Gossip - A Joyful Noise

4. Blaqk Audio - Bright Black Heaven
5. Jessie Ware - Devotion
6. Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
7. No Statik - Everywhere You Aren't Looking
8. Marina & The Diamond - Electa Heart
9. Daughn Gibson - All Hell
10. Swans - The Seer

1. Frank Ocean - Pyramids
2. Blaqk Audio - Let's Be Honest
3. Gossip - Move In The Right Direction
4. Twin Shadow - Five Seconds
5. Jessie Ware - Wildest Moments
6. King Tuff - Bad Thing
7. Usher - Climax
8. Converge - Coral Blue
9. Marina & Diamonds - State Of Dreaming

Chris Brokaw, Come, Codeine

JESUS IS MY SON "1914-1918" (CD)

INSECT FACTORY - "Melodies From A Dead Radio" (LP)
VATICAN SHADOW - "Ghosts Of Chechnya" (2xCS)
LETHA RODMAN - "Moon Mountain" (CS)
ZZ TOP - "La Futura" (CD)
RENE HELL - "Catalina and London" (CS)
TORN HAWK - "Mark Of The Hound" (12")
GRUNT - "Ritual of Mortality" (CS)
THOMAS KONER - "Novaya Zemlya" (CD)
INNER TUBE - "s/t" (LP)
NICOLAS LOBO - "Slowed and Mirrored" (CS)
REGRESSION - "Other Days" (CD)
JEFF PARKER - "Bright Light In Winter" (LP)
MB - "Mental Machination Musing" (CS)
SPYKES - "Personal Contact" (CS)
GEOFF FARINA - "Wishes Of The Dead" (CD)
KEVIN DRUMM - "Crowded" (LP)
PRURIENT - "Tiger Smells A Corpse" (3xCS)
TOR LUNDVALL - "The Shipyard" (LP)
JENNIFER O'CONNOR - I Want What You Want (LP)
TIM FOLJAHN - Songs For An Age Of Extinction (LP)

Favorite new pedal: Endangered Audio Research AD4096
Favorite new music toy: Korg Monotron Delay Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer

Kyle Edwards, The Young

Top Ten Tour Eats of 2012

1.  The Owlery, Bloomington IN:  Vegan Fried Chicken Dinner

2.  Zante's Pizza, San Francisco CA:  Indian Pizza

3.  La Estrella #3, Highland Park CA:  Fish Tacos

4.  Van Loc, Houston TX:  Garlic Tofu

5.  Odge's, Chicago IL:  Hot Dogs

6.  Vinnie's, Anna Maria's, & Carmine's, Brooklyn NY:  Pizza Binge

7.  Poutinville, Montreal QC:  Braised Beef Poutine

8.  Cevapcici, WestFest, Chicago IL:  Multiple Animal Logs
9.  El Farolito, Oakland CA:  Carne Asada Burrito
10.  Jimboy's, Reno NV & Rosedale CA:  Parmesan Tacos

Ross Farrar, Ceremony

1.  Dawn of Humans – Blurst of the Bird Fish EP
2. Savages – Husbands EP
3.  Tronics -  Love Backed by Force LP (reissue)
4. Burning Sensation – S/T LP

5. Constant Mongrel – Everything Goes Wrong LP
6. Total Control – Scene From a Marriage EP
7. Sauna Youth – Dreamlands LP
8. Creative Adult – Dead Air EP
9. Spitting Image – Valley Floor EP
10. Slut River – Off White EP
11. Coffin Pricks – S/T EP
12. Feedtime – The Aberrant Years (box set)
13. Dark Times – S/T EP
14. Eagulls / Mazes – split EP
15. Frederick Seidel – Poems: 1959-2009

Thomas Fisher, Esben and the Witch

My favourite records of the year were"Angels of darkness, demons of light II" by Earth and "WIXIW" By Liars. Earth for soundtracking strolls around the city at both day and night. The Liars record is probably my favourite of theirs, the style and sounds they use on it really suit them.

Best live show, hands down, Swans at Koko. Totally captivating.

Saw some cool films, " Beasts of the Southern Wild" was probably my favourite fictional one. The father/daughter relationship in that is a thing of beauty. Set against this crazy apocalyptic bayou setting called The Bathtub, a real top film in my opinion. As for documentaries "Nostalgia for the light" and "Marina Abramovich, the artist is always present" were really fascinating and inspiring respectively.

Gregg Foreman ~ Cat Power
/ Pink Mountaintops / Black Ryder / The Meek

The Speedy and miraculous recovery of Friend and beloved DJ - Jonathan Toubin !!!


'Autoluminescent' - Rowland Howard Film (2011 but wasn't available for USA til 2012)
'Lawless' - (Film written by Nick Cave)
Cold Cave / American Nightmare - (Live)
Willis Earl Beale - (Live)
Chelsea Wolfe - 'Unknown Rooms' (LP)
Cat Power - 'Sun' (Ha had to , but it is a great record)
Austin Psych Fest 2012 - Music Festival produced by the Black Angels in Austin Tx
The Laurels - Aussie Psych Band
Strangers Family Band - Live (Los Angeles Psychedelia produced by Steve Kille of Dead Meadow)

James McNew, Yo La Tengo

Lambchop , Mr. M (Merge)

El-P, Cancer 4 Cure (Def Jux)
Mamaguitar, Sings Mamaguitar (Zelone)
Thee Oh Sees, Putrifiers II (In The Red)
Why?, Mumps etc (Anticon)
Tim Heidecker, Titanic and Other Songs (Orion Read)
Redd Kross, Researching The Blues (Merge)
Oneida, A List Of The Burning Mountains (Brah)
Ceremony, Zoo (Matador)
Aesop Rock, Skelethon (Rhymesayers)
Neal Morgan, In The Yard (Drag City)
Man Forever, Pansophical Cataract (Thrill Jockey)
Killer Mike, R.A.P Music (Williams Street)
Koozies, Woodies and Beer comp (Brah)
Fushitsusha, Hikari to Nazukeyo + Mabushii Itazura Na Inori (Heartfast) + Document Film of Keiji Haino sdtrk (PSF)

Sandy Miranda, Fucked Up

My ten favourite days of 2012:
1. April 13-15, 20-22: Meeting Snoop Dog, Dave Chapelle, and Fred Armison at Coachella
2. June 1-2: Primavera Sound
3. June 17: Doing mushrooms at the MMVA's and losing
4. July 29: Playing Fuji Rock in Japan and winning
5. August 4: Playing Sappyfest in New Brunswick
6. August 5-9: Visiting St. John's, Newfoundland
7. August 31: Playing Mexico City for the first time
8. September 24: Being nominated for a second Polaris Prize
9. November 3-4: Playing back-to-back shows in Tokyo and Austin
10. November 22-24: Playing Turkey for the first time.

Thurston Moore, Chelsea Light Moving, Sonic Youth


1.The ZZZ's  (live at the Jellyfish Brother’s crib, Miami FLA) I went down to play a solo gig in Mami during Art Basel and the next morning I'm having Cubano breakfast with Rat Bastard. We're gonna do a secret noise show in a warehouse that night and when I walk out on the street to lick some sunrays this kid comes up to me and sez he's the son of David Amram (jazz bop poet pianist who pal'd around with Kerouac) and he's touring around with a Japanese girl trio and they're looking for a gig. I say "hold on", and I fetch Rat and he meets them and they say "we are noise group" and he sez "be at the warehouse at midnight and you can play" and they do and they are AMAZING. A cross between Gong and Teenage jesus. I haven't stood there so enjoyingly stunned in front of a band since maybe seeing Afri Rampo (also Japanese girl noise) tear shit up when they first came over ten years ago.

2. Richard HellI Dreamed I was a Very Clean Tramp: An Autobiography (Ecco books) - I been waiting to read Hell’s memoir since hearing excerpts of it from his strange mouth a solid year or so ago. I was taken aback as he talked of his relationship with Tom Verlaine, his cohort and co-founder of Television, one of the most significant groups in the lineage New York City rock n roll history. He exposed his retrospective feelings of their difficult friendship without contempt or vitriol but allowing the realiy of emotional discomfort that such alien boys may have with each other come under some personal analysis. This is “Life” for those of us who become dreamy when considering the advent of punk rock. Hell’s details can be knowingly sloppy but their’s enough prosaic insight here to send chills down any punk rock historian’s spine. I mean he did invent this shit.

3. Café Oto (music café, Dalston East London) - I have big time reasons to relocate to London these days, and the closer I can be to Café Oto the better. At least three times a week this joint hosts startling perfromances of musc from in and out of the margins. Improvisor legends old and young, traveling radical noise creeps, song stretchers, dance, theatre — I just spent three nights there with The Ex where they curated a showcase celebrating their 33 1/3 years as a band. Every minute was awesome. Incredible zone with no stage and killer shochu (with cold green tea – recommended) and very good, friendly vibes. Up the street is the Vortex for most straight up avant jazz action. Fuck it, I like the rain.

4. The jazz kissas of Tokyo Japan — I’m not much of bar hanger outer at all, even though I mention Café Oto and I do like to swill shaggys at Great Jones Café as poured by Mark Ibold but after all the years of hitting Japan and beelining around to the record sttores that have the best revenue of 2nd hand jazz vinyl IN THE UNIVERSE I never knew to much abut the culture of the “jazz kissa”. This is a joint that serves sake, beer and coffee and spins jazz LPs exclusively on perfectly tuned hi fi analog sound equipment. The most famous one in Shinjuku is DIG which started in the early 60s and advertised itself as supplying “Booze + Jazz”. I spent an evening there looking through the scrapbooks of it’s owner where he shot photos of Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis – everyone — and a lot of these cats, back in the day, would set up in the corner sometimes and rip a session. The jazz kissa, a throwback to the heady day of post war Japan when American jazz became a rallying sound of imperialist liberation, may be a quaint reminder of bygone times but the ones that do exist, and some are rather recent, are exquisite. I happened upon one in the Jimbocho area where all the used bookstores are, called Big Boy. It had an awesome sound system, almost akin to the way reggae sound systems are, as far as fetishization goes, and when I asked to hear a track off a Bill Evans LP, the proprietor pulled out a mint mono copy and a stereo one as well and asked which I’d like to hear. I chose mono, natch, and then and there Bill Evans, long thought deceased, appeared in the room with attendant piano, CONJURED!

Bob Nastanovich, Pavement

2012 top ten list (in no particular order):

1) Dolfish--I'd Rather Disappear Than Stay The Same
2) Mumford's--Triple Trinities
3) The Poison Control Center--live
4) Wolves In The Attic--live
5) Derek Lambert and The Prairie Fires--The Forest Floor cassette
6) Mantis Pincers--live
7) William Tyler--"Ohaspe" b/w "Tennessee Blues" 7"
8) Wax Fang--Mirror, Mirror EP
9) La Rosa Tamaleria
10) Bud Select 55

Andy Nelson, Ceremony


Blank Realm - Go Easy
Constant Mongrel - Everything Goes Wrong
Daughn Gibson - All Hell
Frank Ocean - channel ORANGE
Julia Holter - Ekstasis
Merchandise - Children Of Desire
Raime - Quarter Turns Over A Living Line
Scott Walker - Bisch Bosh
Shackleton - Music For The Quiet Hour/The Drawbar Organ EPs
Sickoids - self titled

Burial - Kindred
Daughn Gibson - Lite Me Up
Dawn Of Humans - Blurst Of The Birdfish
Fennesz - Fa 2012
Give - Voodoo Leather
Hoax - 3rd EP
The Ropes - Always Nothing
Savages - Husbands
Scott & Charlene's Wedding/Peak Twins split
Total Control - Scene From A Marriage

Hans Zimmerman, The Young

Best Stuff I Saw in Austin (unless noted otherwise)
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
The Clean
Destruction Unit
Timmy's Organism (NYC)
Royal Headache
Cheap Time

Pink Reason (Columbus, OH)
Lamps (LA)

Jean-Phillpe Aline, Beggars France

2012 was all about food and music :-)

favorite albums of the year (non-beggars)

nite jewel - one second of love
kendrick lamar - good kid, m.a.a.d city
frank ocean - channel orange

favorite songs
everything is embarrassing - sky ferreira
losing you - solange
get free - major lazer

tv programs
SNL's homeland parody (that kills the tv series)
Veep (first season)
Game Change

Killer Joe
Moonrise Kingdom

Personal experiences
First trip to Japan

Best Hotel
Benesse House (Naoshima island)

Favorite Restaurants
Le Pantruche (Paris)
Abri (Paris)
Pierre Sang (Paris)
Gion Nanba (Kyoto)

Favorite video


Antony & The Johnsons

Adam Farrell, Beggars Group

Albums / EPs
John Talabot - Fin
Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
The Chromatics - Kill For Love
Julia Holter - Ekstasis
Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
Swans - The Seer

Nude Beach - II
Deep Magic - Empty Soul EP

Clique by Big Sean (& others)
Big Beast by Killer Mike
Lord Knows by Dum Dum Girls
Rigamortis by Kendrik Lamar
The Full Retard by El-P

Rise And Fall of Apartheid - International Center of Photography (NYC)
Yayoi Kusama exhibit - Tate Modern (London)
Adam Fuchs - all that Captain Murphy shit
Rock And Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip by Robert Landau (Blake says 2013 is gonna get real tight)
Flying Lotus - that whole campaign
Sleigh Bells - the first few things on that campaign
PS1 Warmup (props to Dean, Chen and crew!)
The Bell Labs complex in Holmdel, NJ (unofficial tour)

The Idea Factory by Jon Gertner (inspired above tour)

Nicolas Jarr - BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix
Gaslamp Killer - Brainfeeder RA mixtape
Evernote - which made this list possible (and Richard Laing for making me feel alright about using it)

Alex Hadjiloukas, Matador Direct

1. The Men - Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones) - Few albums this year got me as supremely stoked upon each listen as this one. It absolutely shreds, while perfectly showcasing a band taking their already-established strengths and pushing them into a whole new territory. The spacey jammed-out tracks are equally as engaging as the straight up face-melters, sometimes even more so, and the first two songs alone are worth the price of admission. I saw them over the summer and the set was pretty much all completely new material, stuff that was on some serious modern-day Neil Young type shit. Can’t wait to hear what they do next.

2. Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It (Matador) - Beautiful. Just beautiful. Every track is equal parts devastating heartbreak and (somehow) joyous, uplifting hope. And that fact the he can implement that formula 12 times in a row, each time at three and a half minutes or less, without it ever losing any of its potency is totally mind-blowing. The dude just gets it. The aural definition of the word “sublime”.

3. Liars - WIXIW (Mute) - Over the summer I was working this job in downtown Brooklyn that would usually have me getting out around 1-2am, and for about two weeks this is literally all I would listen to during my long and lonely commute home on the G train. It just seemed to fit so well because, much like living in a giant urban sprawl such as New York, the whole album has this pervading feeling of nervous, passive dread; it’s like sensing some really terrible force (be it physical, mental, or spiritual) existing somewhere just beyond the surface that never chooses to fully show itself. It’s always there but you can’t quite put your finger on it. And that’s what really scares you.

4. Ceremony - Zoo (Matador) - There are still moments when I play this album and can hardly believe that it came from a group of guys whose first album (and overall M.O.) was “Violence Violence”. Making fast brutal noise is all well and good, and I love hardcore just as much as the next guy who grew up in suburban Pennsylvania/New Jersey/Long Island. But I’m also a sucker for a great pop hook and solid musicianship, and here they brilliantly balance the best of both worlds while also proving just how well-versed they are musically. I mean, shit! Some tracks on here are almost straight up surf rock! It rules! I honestly feel that any of their old fans who trash this record simply need to grow the fuck up. It’s clear that Ceremony has, and man, just listen to what happened.

5. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan (Domino) - A lot of people nowadays (myself included) are pretty quick to write off Brooklyn’s current indie rock giants. Animal Collective has gotten too weird and annoying (even by their standards), Grizzly Bear has gotten too frumpy and boring, etc. But these guys, I just can’t deny ‘em. Their output has been so consistently strong, and I sincerely believe that this is the best record they’ve ever made. Again, a perfect combination of styles old and new. The first time I heard that riff kick in on Offspring Are Blank I actually had a minor physical freak-out over how good it was. Chills throughout my body, shaky hands, the works. Granted, I was insanely stoned at the time, but nonetheless. The whole record plays through on this totally weirdo neo-White-Album-era-Beatles wavelength and the results are just really, really pleasurable.

6. Menomena - Moms (Barsuk) - After everything these guys have been through they could have either called it quits or just started putting out really mediocre records, but instead they’ve worked through all their inner turmoils and come back stronger than ever. Further reason as to why they’re one of my absolute favorite current bands.

7. Ty Segall Band - Slaughterhouse (In The Red) - Everything he put out this year was solid, but this one definitely trumps them all for me. It just fucking rips.

8. Dan Deacon - America (Domino) - Gorgeous, intelligent, transcendent. And above all else, like with the rest of his records you can still totally lose your mind and dance like a maniac to it. The whole USA suite is concrete proof that the man is an absolute genius and a true modern-day composer.

9. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! (Constellation) - Really didn’t see this one coming (hell, no one did) so my inner-16-year-old was absolutely ECSTATIC when, in typical Godspeed fashion, it kind of just quietly appeared out of nowhere one day back in October. The night that Hurricane Sandy hit the city I was holed up alone in my apartment getting drunk with this blasting on repeat, totally anticipating the end of world.

10. Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II (In The Red) - Another year, another fantastic album from Dwyer and Co. At this point I don’t think it’s possible that they’ll ever put out a recording I won’t like.

The Magnetic Fields @ ACL Live (SXSW)
Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees @ The Well
Dirty Projectors @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Menomena @ Bowery Ballroom
Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500 @ Le Poisson Rouge

The Master
Shut Up and Play The Hits

Boardwalk Empire and Breaking Bad. Nothing else came CLOSE.

Matt Harmon, Beggars Group

Julia Holter - Ekstatis (Rvng Intl)
Pete Swanson - Pro Style EP (Type)
Michael Pisaro - Tombstones (HEM)
Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin - Instrumental Tourist (Software)

Shadow Ring - Remains (Kye)
The Men - Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones)
Ty Segall Band - Slaughterhouse (Drag City)
Bob Mould - Silver Age (Merge)
Keith Fullerton Whitman - Generators (Editions Mego)
Gunn - Truscinski Duo - Ocean Parkway (Three Lobed Recordings)
Joshua Abrams - Represencing (Eremite Records)
Crystal Ark - s/t (DFA)
Oneohtrix Point Never / Rene Hell - split (NNA Tapes)
Marcia Bassett & Samara Lubelski - Sunday Night, Sunday Afternoon (Kye)
Emeralds - Just to Feel Anything (Editions Mego)

Helen Johnson, Matador Direct

Records (in no particular order):
FJ McMahon - Spirit  Of the Golden Juice (Circadian Press)
Cate Le Bon - Cyrk II  (The Control Group)

Samara Lubelski - Wavelength (Destijl)
Marcia Bassett / Samara Lubeslski - Sunday Night, Sunday Afternoon (KYE)
Mike Wexler -  Dispossession (Mexican Summer)
Rhyton - The Emerald Tablet (Thrill Jockey)
200 Years - S/T (Drag City)
200 Years - Holyoke (Grapefruit Record Club)
The Baird Sisters - Until You find Your Green (Grapefruit Record Club)
Six Organs of Admittance - Ascent (Drag City)
Blues Control - Valley Tangents (Drag City)
The Shadow Ring - Remains Unchanged (KYE)
Prince Rupert Drops - Run Slow (Beyond, Beyond is Beyond)
Neil Young - Psychedelic Pill (Reprise)
Crystal Syphon - Family Evil (Roaratorio)
Willie Lane - Guitar Army Of One (Cord Art)
Mark Fosson - Digging In The Dust : Home Recordings 1976 (Tompkins Sqaure)
Laurie Spiegel - The Expanding Universe (Unseen Worlds
Bruce Langhorn - The Hired Hand (Scissor Tail Records)
V/A - Traces One (GRM)

Live (in no particular order):
Cate Le Bon/Pigeons @ Mercury Lounge
Thurston Moore & Samara Lubelski @ Issue project Room (part of the 'Flowers & Cream' poetry Night)
Rangda @ Zebulon
Blues Control @ Roulette
Mike Wexler @ Zebulon
200 Years @  Zebulon
P.G Six @ Zebulon
Steve Gunn & Chris Forsyth @ Zebulon
Loren Mazzacane Connors & Thurston Moore @ Public Assembly
Graham Lambkin & C Spencer Yeh @ The New Museum
Whiteout w/ Dave Shuford @ 285 Kent
Whiteout w/ Anders Nilsson @ Zebulon
Magik Markers @ Roulette
Samara Lubelski & Marcia Bassett @ Issue Project Room
Cate Le Bon/Quilt  @ Mercury Lounge
Cate Le Bon @ Union Pool
Tom Carter w/ Pigeons @ Zebulon
RL Boyce @ Great Jones Cafe
Six Organs Of Admittance/Blues Control @ Mercury Lounge

Last Kind Words  (This is a great film by Kevin Barker and Amy Miller)

Fostering cats for the ASPCA

Some questions my 4 yr old niece asked......
Do mice really exist?
Is the moon really made of cheese?
Is it christmas today? (asked in June)
Are these ladybirds poisonous?
When will I be a mermaid?

Natalie Judge, Matador Records

2012 was soundtracked occasionally with the following and in no particular order:
Sharon van Etten - Tramp
Metal Dance - Trevor Jackson Comp

Daniel Rossen - EP
Black Bananas - rad times express
John Talabot - fin.
The Men - open your heart
Merchandise - Children of Desire
Daughn Gibson - All Hell
Total control - henge beat (this may be technically 2011)
Death Grips - the money store

Dave Martin, Matador Direct

New albums
1. Major Stars - Decibels Of Gratitude - Important / Twisted Village
2. Cate Le Bon - Cyrk  & Cyrk II - The Control Group

3. Cheater Slicks - Reality Is a Grape - Columbus Discount Records
4. Disappears - Pre Language - Kranky
5. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Meat & Bone - Boombox/Mom + Pop
6. Cheap Time - Wallpaper Music - In The Red
7. Tyvek - On Triple Beams - In The Red
8. Karl Hendricks Trio - The Adult Section - Comedy Minus One
9. Dirty Three - Toward The Low Sun - Drag City
10. Apache Dropout - Bubblegum Graveyard - Trouble In Mind
11. Redd Kross - Researching The Blues - Merge Records
12. Lamps - Under The Water, Under The Ground - In The Red
13. Times New Viking - Over & Over - Siltbreeze
14. Mad Scene - Blip - Siltbreeze
15. Home Blitz - Frozen Track - Mexican Summer
16. Bailterspace - Strobosphere - Fire
17. Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music - Williams Street
18. Timmys Organism - Raw Sewage Roq - In The Red
19. Reports - Dynamo Cambridge - Ride The Snake
20. Majutsu No Niwa - Frontera - New Vague / Musik Atlach
21. Mount Carmel - Real Women - Siltbreeze
22. Fabulous Diamonds - Commercial Music - Chapter Music
23. El-P - Cancer 4 Cure - Fat Possum
24. Six Organs Of Admittance - Ascent - Drag City
25. Foreign Mothers - Duh - Thread Pull Records

1. A Burning Bus - Anti b/w Paranoia Paradise - Harvest Records
2. Bare Mutants - Without You b/w Inside My Head - Hozac Records


3. Buck Biloxi & the Fucks - Weirdos On The Street   Orgone Toilet
4. Cheap Time - Other Stories b/w In This World - Sweet Rot Records
5. Family Curse / White Murder Split - Middle Age America b/w Breakdown - Doormat Records
6. No Bails - Soundproof Room b/w Werthers Original / Skate Or Die - Orgone Toilet
7. Native Cats / UV Race Split - Ten Years Transportation b/w 3 UV Race songs -  Ride The Snake Records
8. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Gadzooks! b/w Tell Me That You Love Me - Jukebox #6 - In The Red Records
9. V/A Worlds Lousy With Ideas Volume 9 - Almost Ready Records Featuring Cheater Slicks, Thee Spivs & Psandwich
10. Livefastdie - Practicing For The Gangbang b/w You Ruin All My Fun- Total Punk Records

1. The Clean - Oddities - Five Forty Records
2. Great Unwashed - Clean Out Of Our Minds - Exiled Records
3. Jessie Mae Hemphill - Feelin' Good - Sutro Park
4. Sonic Youth - Smart Bar Chicago 1985 - Sonic Youth Records
5. Mike Rep & The Quotas - Rocket To Nowhere b/w Quasar - Mighty Mouth Records
6. Various Artists - Time To Go:  The Southern Psychedelic Movement - Flying Nun Records
7. David Kilgour - Here Come The Cars - DeStijl &  Left By Soft - 12XU
8. feedtime - today is friday - SSR & box set - Sub Pop
9. Max Block - Air Ache In The Belly Of The Leech - Siltrbreeze
10. Toy Love - Live At The Gluepot - Goner
11. Bilders - Reissue Series on Unwucht
12. Jack Ruby - Hit & Run b/w Bad Teeth - Saturday Records
13. Necros - Ambionic Sound - Alona's Dream
14. Thin Lizzy - S/T - Light In The Attic
15. Pin Group - Ambivalence - Flying Nun Records
16. Lungfish - A.C.R. 1999 - Dischord Records
17. Legs - Aaaa The New Memphis Legs - Goner Records
18. Scientists - Rubber Never Sleeps - Bang
19. Doug Jerbine - Is Jesse Harper - Drag City Records
20. Psychosurgens - Horizontal Action b/w Wild Weekend - Crypt Records
21. Brian Crook - Bathysphere - Meds
22. Dead Moon - Too Many People - Mississippi / Change Records
23. Lost Sounds - Lost Lost - Goner Records
24. Rites Of Spring - Six Song Demo - Dischord Records
25. Wicked Lady - The Axeman Cometh & Psychotic Overkill - Guerszen

Live Shows
feedtime - Death By Audio & Maxwell's shows
Kim Phuc / Joint Damage - The Acheron
Major Stars - Cake Shop
Karl Hendricks Trio / Ma'am - Leftfield
Savages - House of Vans
Nude Beach / Everymen - Union Pool
Disappears - Glasslands
Bare Mutants- Cake Shop
Brain F≠ / White Lung - 538 Johnson

Hector Montes, Beggars Group

21 mostly musical things I liked about 2012 in the order in which I thought of them:
gay people being recognized as human beings (may be pending in your area)

Holy Other - Held (Tri Angle)
Shallow Rewards
Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N2 It (Matador)
Grimes - Visions (4AD)

Elite Gymnastics - RUIN 4 (Acephale)
Purity Ring - Shrines (4AD)
Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music (Williams Street)
the saga of @Love_that_goku

Naomi Punk - The Feeling (Couple Skate)
Liars - WIXIW (Mute)
Bob Mould performing Copper Blue, Silver Age, and a few Hüsker Dü songs live in Minneapolis
Chromatics - Kill For Love (Italians Do It Better)
Lil Ugly Mane - Mista Thug Isolation (S/R)
Tanlines live at FYF and various other places
CFCF - Exercises (Paper Bag)
Swans - The Seer (Young God)
Brian Eno - Lux (Warp)
Cate Le Bon - Cyrk (The Control Group)
Tyvek - On Triple Beams (In The Red)
Recycle Cuture - various remixes

Robby Morris, Matador Records

releases by: death grips, diamond version, dirty three, hoax, lower,
the men, merchandise, angel olsen, raime, tyvek, vatican shadow & more

Gabe Spierer, Beggars Group

Father John Misty - Fear Fun
Killer Mike - R.A.P Music
Frankie Rose - Interstellar
Dirty Three - Toward The Low Sun
Cate LeBon - CYRK

Rick Ross - Rich Forever
Titus Andronicus - Local Business
Single Mothers - Single Mothers EP

Chrissy Stuart, Beggars Music

Shit Girls Say Twitter Feed
Adele sweeping the Grammys
Radiohead in the Desert 2 weekends in a row
Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
Endeaver belly rub over our LA office
Silver Linings Playbook. excelsior indeed.
Beach House - Bloom
Juicy J at SXSW
Cat Power - Cherokee (Nicolas Jaar Remix)

James Franco is Riff Raff
Tame Impala - Lonerism

Marc Jacobs' people-mover show for Spring Summer 2013 Vuitton in Paris
OBN III's - s/t
Klimt's drawings exhibit at The Getty
Best LA Celebrity Sighting - Queen Latifah at Malo
High Desert Test Sights & Garth's Place in Joshua Tree

Claire Taylor, Beggars Group

The Hour
Boardwalk Empire
Downton Abbey

James (Prospect Heights)
Momo Sushi Shack (Bushwick)
Blue Cow (Big Rapids, MI)
Zahav (Philadelphia)
Cafe Regular du Nord (Park Slope)

Amadeus (saw it for the 1st time this year!)

Step Brothers (will remain on this list every year for the rest of my life)
Farewell My Queen
Anna Karenina
The Rolling Stones - Crossfire Hurricane
The Master

performances / exhibits...
"Misterman" at St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn (technically saw this very late in December 2011)
The Stones at the Barclays, Brooklyn (Dec.8) (I've not even gone to this show as of submission deadline but assuming I'll want it on the list)
The Everymen at everywhere
Maurizio Cattelan: All, Guggenheim

Visions of Arcadia, Philadelphia Art Museum
Beatrix Potter: The Picture Letters, Morgan Library & Museum

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
The Sense Of An Ending by Julian Barnes
A Very Irregular Head: The Life of Syd Barrett by Rob Chapman
Making It New: The Art and Style of Sara and Gerald Murphy by Deborah Rothschild
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
NYMag weekly crossword

Blake Thomas, Beggars Group

Best Album: Slaughterhouse - Ty Segall Band
Chain Burger: Shake Shack - NYC
Video: 'Haters Wanna Be Me' - Krispy Kreme
Movie: The Cabin In The Woods - Lionsgate
Booze: Black Maple Hill 16yr - Heaven Hill
Song: 'Wave Goodbye' - Ty Segall Band


Movie Trailer: Prometheus - 20th Century Fox
Sports: Jayhawks versus Tigers / Thomas Robinson block - Allen Fieldhouse
Live: The Faint - Terminal 5
Sandwich: Steak Sandwich - Harry's Cafe
TV show: Homeland - Showtime
Brewery: Founders - Michigan
NYC Burger: Prime Meats - Brooklyn
Work Times: Pitchfork Festival - Chicago (thanks Albin)
Looking Forward to: Summer Hummer 2013, i'mmm gonna bring it.

Tiger , Hostess/Beggars Japan

Adele (again)
Breaking Bad
Matsuko Deluxe
Feeling homesick
Accepting turning 30
Purity Ring / Shrines
Curry Udon in Osaka
Kyrary Pamyu Pamyu
Yosuke leaving Japan

Chromatics / Kill For Love
Meeting Jason Spaceman
LAs Rose Bowl Flea Market
Radiohead @ Fuji Rock 2012
Ceremony & Daughter @ SXSW
Losing my iphone 2wice this year
Bat For Lashes / The Haunted Man
Going to the dentist like a grown up
Remaking of Point Break @ Primavera
Incinerating all my clothes @ Primavera
Hostess Club Weekender (all 3 of them)
Receiving a Sister Oscar from Cat Power
Bringing Michael back to life @ Primavera
Beach House & Spiritualized @ Primavera
Beavis & Butthead do Tokyo w/ Steve & Paul

Mike Venutolo-Mantovani, Matador Direct

The Best Records Of 2012
1. Black Breath - Sentenced To Life (Southern Lord)

2. White Lung - Sorry (Deranged)
3. Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In The Universe (XL)
4. Ceremony - Zoo (Matador)
5. The Men - Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones)
6. Cate Le Bon - CYRK (The Control Group)
7. Shintaro Sakamoto - How To Live With A Phantom (Other Music Recordings)
8. Bob Mould - Silver Age (Merge)
9. Die Antwoord - Ten$ion (Zef Recordz)
10. Nude Beach - II (Other Music Recordings)
11. A.C. Newman - Shut Down The Streets (Matador Records)
12. Father John Misty - Fear Fun (Sub Pop)
13. 200 Years - 200 Years (Drag City)
14. Red Kross - Researching The Blues (Merge)

The Best Shows Of 2012
Bruce at Giants Stadium Night 2
Bruce at Giants Stadium Night 3 (Birthday show)
Bruce at MSG in April
Single Mothers at Bowery Ballroom
Alabama Shakes at Terminal 5
The Everymen Record Release Show at Public Assembly

The Best Shirts Of 2012
Black Archers Of Loaf tee
Plaid Sears Roebuck western style
Green gingham
Black Hanes tee with the hole by the shoulder
Grey Slowtrain tee (RIP Slowtrain)

Best Purchases Of 2012
Thin Lizzy DVD
Vaccaro Generator X
Vintage Leather NJ Devils jacket

The Best Things About 2012
Krispy Kreme
Playing tons of Hurricane Sandy Benefits
Light In The Attic's West Coast Road Trip
Di Paolo's Italian Specialties
Lots of other things too.

Jen Willis, Beggars Music

Visiting LA for the first time and hanging out with Chrissy and the guys from Activision at Venice Beach
Having dim sum with our sub publishers for SE Asia in Hong Kong whilst on vacation over there
Successfully completing 3 half marathons in London, Brighton and Richmond
The 4AD party in New York in June
Learning to sail a yacht
Albums of the year -
Django Django
Cat Power
Shows of the year:
Bobby Womack at the Apple instore in soho, New York
Magnetic North at Wilton's music hall in east London
Esben and the Witch at Heaven in central London
Lemonade at Madame Jo Jo's in central London
SBTRKT at Reading festival

Patrick Amory, Matador Records

J.C. & Co. - Music By (JC Records LP)
Bill Fay - Life Is People (Dead Oceans dbl LP)
Cate Le Bon - Cyrk (Control Group LP)
Marching Church - Throughout The Borders (Posh Isolation 7" EP)
Shoes - Bazooka (Numero Group LP)
The Men - Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones LP)
The Clean - Odditties (540 dbl LP)
Furtwängler - Beethoven 6th & 8th Symphonies (1952/53) (Pristine Classical FLAC)


Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe video


Merchandise at 538 Johnson, Sept 13

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records

Wiccans - Field II  (Katorga Works)
Tyvek - On Triple Beams (In The Red)


Protomartyr - No Passion, All Technique (Urinal Cake)
Sun Kil Moon - Among The Leaves (Calo Verd )
Jennifer O'Connor - I Want What You Want (Kiam)
OBN III's - s/t (Tic Tac Totally)
Lamps -  Under The Water Under The Ground (In The Red)
Nazi Gold - A Message Of Love (Super Secret)
Swans - The Seer (Young God)
Cheap Time - Wallpaper Music (In The Red)
Mordecai - s/t (Killer Tree)
bailterspace - Strobosphere (Fire)
Dan Melchior - The Backward Path (Northern Spy), Excerpts and Half-Speeds (Kye)
Woolen Kits - Four Girls (Trouble In Mind)
Hank Wood & The Hammerheads - Go Home (Toxic State)
G.Green - Crap Culture (Mt. St. Mountain)
Cop City /Chill Pillars - Hosed (Florida's Dying)
GR - A Reverse Age (Mexican Summer)
The Mad Scene - Blip (Siltbreeze)



Spray Paint - "Pro Knife" , "Squaw" b/w "Psychic Doug" (SSR)
Spray Paint - "Spock Fingers" b/w "Pink Pus" (SSR)

Gary Wrong - "Heroin Beach" b/w " Mayhem Troopers" (Batshit)
Recide - Statues EP (Even Worse)
Pink Reason - "Ache For You" b/w "Darken Daze" (Savage Quality)
Flesh Lights - Too Big To Fail 2X 7" (Super Secret)
Total Control - "Scene From A Marriage" b/w "Contract" (Sub Pop)
A Burning Bus - "Anti" b/w "Paranoid Paradise" (Harvest Recordings)
Useless Eaters - The Moves EP (Jolly Dream)
Watery Love - "New Kind Of KIck" b/w "A Condom" (Negative Guest List)
Ex-Cult - "M.P.D." b/w  "No Fun On The Beaches" (Goner)
The Best - "Black Triangle" b/w "King Of The Underground" (Twistworthy)
Outer Spaces - "Civilization's Dying" (mp3)
A Giant Dog - "Dammit Pomengrante" b/w "Can't Complain" (Tic Tac Totally)
Protomartyr - 'Colpi Probibiti' EP (X!)
Satanic Rockers - "Eviction" b/w "Rat Versus Boredom" (Quemada)

wayback machine :
Harry Pussy - Let's Build A Pussy (Editions Mego),
Toy Love - 'Live At The Gluepot' (Goner),

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Black Task - Blacktask/Spikes To The Wall (Radio Raheem)
Feedtime - Today Is Friday (SSR),  box set (Sub/Pop),
The Pin Group - 'Retrospective' (Siltbreeze)
Soggy - Slog (Memoire Neuve)

live : Monoshock, (Hemlock Tavern, SF, July), Destruction Unit (Beerland and The Grand, Austin, March, Red 7, Austin, July and November), Pygmy Shrews finale (285 Kent, Brooklyn, February)  Bits Of Shit (Beerland, Austin, September, Hi-Tone Lounge,  Memphis, September), Gary Wrong Group (Hi-Tone Lounge, Memphis, September), SsserpentssS (Austin, too many times),  Shellac (Lincoln Theatre, Chicago, August) Mark Kozelek (Scottish Rite Theatre, Austin, September), Swans (LaZone Rosa, Austin), Feedtime (Beerland, Austin, April, Midnight (Beerland, Austin, June), Puffy Areolas (Beerland, Austin, March), ), Sonny Vincent & The Bad Reactions (Beerland, Austin, May), Death Of Samantha (Trailer Space, Austin, March), Wussy (Mohawk, Austin, June)

Hear A.C. Newman's 'Shut Down The Streets' a week before it's out

It's out October 9, but today you get a first listen at A.C. Newman's third solo effort ‘Shut Down The Streets’ Do yourself a favor and check out what in our completely unbiased opinion we believe to be 10 of the best songs ever put to tape. Then, do your friends a favor and send them this link. Carl, via a blogging on the Huffington Post, sez:

Here is my album, Shut Down The Streets. Maybe you know me from The New Pornographers, and you may recognize Neko Case's voice in these songs, you may even think "This one sounds so much like a New Pornographers song" and you may ask yourself "Who the hell are the New Pornographers?" All that aside, this album is all about birth, death, happiness and sadness, chronicling a time in my life where all those things had to learn to coexist side by side. There was that and a sudden obsession with the song "Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty. That led to an obsession with the psychedelic sounds of the late 70s singer songwriter. So my most personal songs ever somehow made the most sense when I played them in a mutated version of an outdated style from my childhood. That's just how things go.

You can own ‘Shut Down The Streets’ on the LP, CD or digital formats next Tuesday. Grab it at The Matador Store (first 300 LP’s are on green vinyl) or at your favorite music retailler.

See it live:

10/8 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Rock Shop (FREE RECORD RELEASE PARTY - a live performance, full album playback, drink specials, album giveaways, + more!)

10/21 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)
10/22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/23 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10/24 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
10/26 – Washington DC @ Black Cat
10/27 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
10/28 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
10/29 – St. Louis, MO @ Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
10/30 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
11/1 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
11/2 – Winnipeg, Canada @ West End Cultural Centre
11/5 – Edmonton, Canada @ Starlite Room
11/6 – Calgary, Canada @ The Republik
11/8 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)*
11/9 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile*
11/10 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge*
11/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent*
11/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex*
11/14 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah*

*with special guest Harriet

A.C. Newman
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@acnewman – Twitter (official site)

(‘Shut Down The Streets’ is coming out in



Lee Ranaldo on tour, online, and on our mind

Because the haze of summer dayz has taken hold, it's time to remind everyone that Lee Ranaldo starts up an East Coast tour with Wilco tomorrow night at Wolf Trap in Virginia. This summer tour has Lee in NYC next week for a Celebrate Brooklyn show at Prospect Park and a spot on the line-up at WXPN's XPoNential Festival in Philly (technically Camden), among a number of other shows listed below.

We're also happy to be able to share with you a brand new Rolling Stone session that Lee did with his full band (Steve Shelley, Alan Licht, and Irwin Menken). It launched today, and it's definitely worth checking out! CLICK HERE TO DO SO

Tue, July 17 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap*
Wed, July 18 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap*
Thu, July 19 - Charlottesville, VA - nTelos Wireless Pavillon*
Sat, July 21 - Camden, NJ - XPoNential Music Festival*
Tue, July 24 - Brooklyn, NY - Celebrate Brooklyn @ Prospect Park*
Fri, July 27 - Hudson, NY - Basillia Hudson
Sat, July 28 - Cooperstown, NY - Brewery Ommegang*
Sun, July 29 - Essex Junction, VT - Midway Lawn @ Champlain Valley Expo*
Mon, July 30 - Portland, ME - SPACE Gallery
Tue, July 31 - New London, CT - Hygenic Art Park
Wed, Aug 1 - Hartford, CT - Bushnell Theatre*
Fri, Aug 3 - Rochester, NY - Highland Bowl @ Highland Park*
Sat, Aug 4 - Columbus, OH - Lifestyle Communities Pavillion*

* = supporting Wilco

A.C. Newman covers "Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye"

In case you were wondering what A.C. Newman's been up to during the slight lull the New Pornographers' heavy road-warrioring behind 2010's excellent 'Together'... well, what we can tell you is he's just recorded this great cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye". Watch it below, and knowing Carl, we can be sure there's probably a lot more in the pipeline.

If Something Great Comes Out In The Next 17 Days, We Don't Wanna Know ; Matador Artists, Staff & Pals Tie A Bow Around 2011

(trusty 2011 Matador ballot counters voice displeasure over management cancelling a game that required them to drink 27 shots each time Total Control received a vote)

The whole year-end Best-Of thing has gotten completely out of hand. For starters, I hear Sub Pop published theirs on Labor Day. Spin's list featured 4 albums from the same NYC indie in their top 11 ; even Vladimir Putin thinks there's something screwy going on.  Still, even though such polls reek of patronage and self-congratulation, some traditions die hard around here.  And without further ado, we present the 2011 edition of "Hey Check Us Out, We Like Cool Stuff".  It is our fervent hope that after scanning these lists, you'll never again question our cultural superiority find a hidden gem or two thoroughly ignored by the mainstream media. Or failing that, you won't resent us too much.  On behalf of the entire Matador Records family, we thank you for making 2011 one of the least litigious in our history, and here's hoping 2012 is equally crammed with joyous milestones (weddings, births, elective plastic surgeries). Though I'd settle for a new Cat Power album.   Lists after the jump ;

James McNew, Yo La Tengo Inc.

Shintaro Sakamoto, How To Live With A Phantom (Zelone, JP)

Oneida, Absolute II (Jagjaguwar)
Shinji Masuko, Woven Music (Brah)
Tyvek, Nothing Fits (In The Red)
Hail Mary Mallon, Are You Gonna Eat That (Rhymesayers)
Jennifer O'Connor, I Want What You Want (Kiam)
Antietam, Tenth Life (Carrot Top)
Eleventh Dream Day, Riot Now! (Thrill Jockey)
Thee Oh Sees, Castlemania (In The Red)
Salyu, S(o)un(d)beams (Toy's Factory, JP)
Feelies, Here Before (Bar None)
PJ Harvey, Let England Shake (Island/ Vagrant)
Alvarius B, Baroque Primitiva (Poon Village)
Heidecker & Wood, Starting From Nowhere (Little Record Co.)

Wesley Eisold, Cold Cave

Cut Hands- s/t LP
Cass McCombs- Wit's End LP
Bleached- Searching Through The Past/Electric Chair 7"

Veronica Falls- s/t LP
Ke/Hil- Hellstation LP
Weekend- Red EP

BALACLAVAS - Snake People
JOHN MAUS - We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves
MORPHOSIS - What Have We Learned
NICOLAS JAAR - Space Is Only Noise
THE VACCINES - What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?


Anthony Anzaldo, Ceremony

Top 11 Shows
Prince @ Oracle Arena, Oakland CA. 2/23
Prince @ HP Pavilion, San Jose CA.
Prince @ Oracle Arena, Oakland CA. 2/21
Prince @ Oracle Arena, Oakland CA. 2/24
Dillinger Escape Plan @ Chaos in Tejas
Zola (5/6)
Blaqk audio (1/6)
Negative Approach (11/5)
Furs (5/3)
Kylie (5/21)
Pixies (11/20)
Dillinger (6/4)

Top 10 Singles
Superbass (Nicki Minaj)
We Found Love (Rihanna)
Rumor Has It (Adele)
Seekir (Zola Jesus)
Confetti (Cold Cave)
Without You (David Guetta & Usher)
Extralovable (Prince)
I Hate You (Doe Eye)
The Other Shoe (Fucked Up)
People Are The Same Everywhere (Morrissey)

Dominick Fernow, Cold Cave

cut hands

genocide organ
blackest ever black label
sandwell district cd
the true werwolf/black misery 7"
red hot chili peppers
drive movie soundtrack

Ted Leo

11 (but not all of the) great things of 2011, in no particular order:

1. PUJOL, "Nasty, Brutish, and Short" EP - Nashville trio, fronted by one Daniel Pujol, making tight blasts of noisy power pop with a, dare I say "philosophical?" - YES I DO - "PHILOSOPHICAL" lyrical bent - not unlike a snottier and punker (but still humorous), concerned (but not emo), "Perfect Sound Forever" by some amazing people who, for all I know, may have never even heard "Perfect Sound Forever."
2. PUJOL, Live - all of the above plus better (and Mitch, the bass player's, long red hair flopping about).
3. DOOM (UK) at Chaos in Tejas - bought the "Police Bastard" 7" from somebody running a distro at ABC-NoRio in 1989, and first met Brian, the guitarist, in 1997, when he drove an old band of mine, The Sin Eaters, on our only UK tour.  We began bonding over our mutual respect for our past achievements, but my respect for HIM went nova when he put on Monster Magnet's "Spine of God" followed by Rush's "Caress of Steel" on the night drive from London to Bradford.  2011 in Austin was the only time I've ever seen them live.
4. The fact that DOOM played the ENTIRETY of Crass' "Reality Asylum" as their intro music at Chaos in Tejas, 2011 - *TEARS!!*
5.  Being able to spend a week on the other side of the mic as IFC's roving correspondent at SXSW this year.
6.  Paulie Gee's pizza, Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
7.  Jason Pierce (née "Spaceman")'s "Ladies and Gentlemen, we are Floating in Space" (Spiritualized) installation at the Creators' Project Festival, Dumbo, Brooklyn - an audio puzzle, that's secret lay within five different quad mixes arrayed on the floor of a gray open space, lit by four "sun" beams.  Emo?  In the ancient and best sense - a brain-stirring and heart-moving reminder of how music can transport.  Genuis.
8.  Iberia - TL/Rx tour of ONLY Spain and Portugal, via our label over there, La Castañya (Barcelona).  They smoke almost as much as the kids in Florida, and vegan ain't easy, but still, I'd move there before almost anywhere else.
9.  Summer 2011 midwest tour with Tweak Bird - for us, a chance to revisit a lot of "Tyranny of Distance" stuff on the occasion of its 10th anniversary, AND, we got to do it with this amazing heavy psych-punk-doom duo.
10.  Comedy in New York and New Jersey - "The Best Show on WFMU," with Tom Scharpling, "Hot Tub" with Kurt Braunohler & Kristin Schall, Kurt's "Night of the Living," "How Was Your Week?" with Julie Klausner, "You had to be There" with Sara Schaeffer and Nikki Glaser, "Mr. Coconuts," with Gabe Delahaye, "Big Terrific" with Max Silvestri, "Pretty Good Friends," with Eugene Mirman, PLUS Ted Alexandro, Todd Barry, Wyatt Cenac, Jena Friedman, etc., etc., etc.
11.  Comedy in other places - "The Paul F. Tompkins Show," in LA, Scott Aukerman's "Comedy Death Ray" in LA, John Hodgman EVERYWHERE.

Jason Costanzo, The Young
Top Things Projected Onto A Flat Surface Within My Immediate Vicinity In 2011:
The Forgotten Space - Allan Sekula & Noel Burch
"Robinson" trilogy - Patrick Keiller
Japon and Silent Light - Carlos Reygadas
The End Of Eternity - Andrei Yermash
The Sacrifice - A. Tarkovsky (35mm screening, Austin Cinematheque)
Pickpocket - R. Bresson (35mm screening, Paramount Theater, Austin)

Invasion - Hugo Santiago & Jorge Luis Borges
Water and Power - Pat O'Neill
Neil Young & The International Harvesters - 1984 ACL broadcast (screening at Alamo Drafthouse, Austin)
Heritage Of The Owl and A Grin Without Cat - Chris Marker
Sharp Edge Blunt - Leighton Pierce (Union Docs, Brooklyn)

Respect and adieu to: Bert Jansch, Joe Bageant, Raul Ruiz, George Kuchar, Peter Falk

Jeff Jensen


1.    Call of The Wild is probably the best rock band in 2011 NYC
2.    Big Youth played to less than a hundred people at a high school gymnasium in Brooklyn
3.    The Rae Town street dance in downtown Kingston. Best party scene I ever seen.
4.    I made a Fruitpie the Magician costume for Halloween and won a costume contest. Help save him.
5.    I got drunk and blathered about nothing in particular I mean “acted in a legit movie” with a buncha lovable lugs. It’s called The Comedy.
6.    Favorite bar of 2011…TIE between Cocosone bar on Ishigaki Jima and Roku in Shibuya
7.    Hysteria of Hurricane Irene was pretty funny and thrilling
8.    Top 3 Jeffrey Jensen live “bands”… Ramones cover band Jeffrey and the Hymen; The Jewish and The Complete Faggots (new trio with Allison and Mike Fellows debuting this Friday)
9.    I witnessed Booby Valli perform at Colucci’s Restaurant
10. Omar Souleyman at Santo’s made an impression

Adam Bohl, Matador Direct

I'm always terrible at compiling these lists so I'm not going to overthink things or get too down on myself for everything I left off. 2012 will be the year I keep better track of this stuff (probably not), but here are some LPs and 7"s (that were not associated with Beggars or Matador) that stood out.

1. In The Red Records - I could probably make half of my list with their releases so I'll leave it to one spot, so many great albums this year. Wounded Lion, TV Ghost, Mark Sultan, Thee Oh Sees, etc...
2. Shannon and The Clams - Sleep Talk LP- Really surprised how into this record I am. People into Hunx or Nobunny should really pick this up, they'll probably like it more.
3. Olivia Tremor Control reissued LPs. A little bit of a guilty pleasure, taking me back to my early college days. Nice to finally have these on vinyl though.
4 War On Drugs - Slave Ambient LP. Kurt Vile doesn't make this list because I'm excluding Matador albums but this sister (brother?) band released one hell of an album.
5. Wax Museums - Eye Times LP Totally forgot about these guys and upon hearing this played in the office a few times had to go get myself a copy. Not normally into stuff so punk-y but this ones is really catchy and fun


6. Grudge - When Christine Comes Around 7" I wish I bought a lot more of all the great 7" reissues coming out this year on labels like Sing Sing and Last Laugh then I did, but I bought this one, and it rules. One song about smashing faces just isn't enough, give me two.
7. Apache Dropout LP/ Shot Down 7" (someone get me that Mexican Summer one!) Love the album and 7"s really bummed I haven't seen these guys live yet.
8 Happy Thoughts - S/T LP Some of my favorite dudes, glad this thing finally came out even if it does seem a couple years too late and have an awful cover.
9. Howling Hex - Wilson Semiconductor LP I always have a soft spot for NMH, even though I haven't been super into the last few records this one seems pretty great so far, especially the B side.
10. Charles Bradley - No Time For Dreaming LP It's rad that a killer soul LP can still come out that isn't on some cheesy Mayer Blowhorn tip. It was also awesome seeing him perform in a downpour in Ft. Greene this summer.
11. Dow Jones and The Industrials - Can't Stand The Midwest 7" Great reissue, and also from my hometown, West Lafayette represent.

Helen Rush, Matador Direct

Records (in no particular order):
Graham Lambkin - Amateur Doubles LP
Sidi Toure - Sahel Folk LP
Stan Hubbs - Crystal LP
Meg Baird - Seasons On Earth LP
200 Years - S/T LP (just came out but I LOVE it)
Nathan Salsberg - Affirmed LP
Jakob Olausson - Morning and Sunrise LP
Crystal Stilts - Radiant Door 12"
PG Six - Starry Mind LP
United Waters - Your First Ever River LP
Woods/Kurt Vile split 7"

Soldiers of Fortune - Ball Strength LP
Angus Maclise - Dream Weapon I, II & III LP's
Steve Tilston - An Acoustic Confusion LP

Shows (in no particular order):
Magik Markers/Six Organs Of Admittance - The Stone
White Out with Nels Cline - The Stone
Michael Morley - The Stone
Kim Gordon with Chris Corsano & Yoko Ono - The Stone
Graham Lambkin & Vanessa Rossetto - The Stone
Elisa Ambrogio - The Stone
Lin Culbertson with Marina Rosenfeld & Andrea Parkins - The Stone
Samara Lubelski & Marcia Bassett Duo - A Gallery on the LES
Roe Enney - The Stone & Secret Project Robot
Mira Billotte : Solo Performance with Art Show - Secret Project Robot
P.G Six solo - Union Pool & Zebulon
Glenn Jones - Zebulon
Soldiers of Fortune Record Release - Zebulon
Michael Chapman - Zebulon
Talk Normal - DBA
Thought Forms - DBA
Oneida - in their rehearsal/recording space at Monster Island (Benefit for Japan)
Jason Lescalleet and Graham Lambkin: Air Supply CD Release - Issue Project Room
Alan Lomax - Unseen footage from the Lomax archives - Loft space, Vanderbilt Ave Bklyn
Getting married to Ian Johnson (it really was the best day)
RIP: Bert Jansch & Strindberg (my beautiful cat)

Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars Group

top stuff of 2011.
-going to the Grammys
-going to the Moth with my friend Ben and Mishka Shubaly and then listening to the Moth podcast religiously
-learning how to make a terrarium
-finally watching The Wire
-watching Angus pretend to play any instrument he can get his hands on

-Saskatchewan in the summer
-going to London and seeing Jarvis Cocker in the Rough Trade office
-Getting Jeffrey Lewis in the New York Times
-eating the pork belly at Bozu
-turning 40
-Calgel nail art
-Cutting For Stone, by Abraham Verghese - the best book I've read in YEARS.
-and finally, Patrick Stickles on Twitter.

Gabe Spierer, Beggars Group

Fucked Up - David Comes To Life: none of the albums on this list are ranked, except this one. It was my favorite, most-played record of 2011 and one of the most invigorating rock records I have heard since the last Fucked Up album. Fists were pumped.
Kleenex Girl Wonder - Secret Thinking: Graham Smith has amazed me for many many years , but for him to pull out a classic, this far Please check this record out.
Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks - Mirror Traffic
Discovering DMX after ignoring him in high school and beyond (Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood and It's Dark And Hell Is Hot are especially great). Dude is just mean.
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Maya Evans Judd
Times New Viking - Dancer Equired
Atlas Sound - Parallax
Don Trip and Star Lito - Stepbrothers
Meeting Of Important People - S/T
Gucci Mane - Writing On The Wall 2
Oscar Osceola Spierer
Cat's Eyes - Cat's Eyes

Pusha T - Fear Of God II: Let Us Pray

Dean Bein, True Panther Sounds

Top !! albums 20!!
Balam Acab- Wonder/Wander (Tri Angle)

The Caretaker- An empty bliss beyond this World (History Always Favours The Winners)
Kurt Vile- Smoke Ring For My Halo (Matador)
Motion Sickness of Time Travel- Luminaries & Synastry (Digitalis)

Oneohtrix Point Never- Replica (Mexican Summer)
Peaking Lights- 936 (Not Not Fun)
Planningtorock- W (DFA)
Rene Hell- Terminal Symphony (Type)
Real Estate- Days (Domino)
Vybz Kartel- Kingston Story (Mixpak)
The Weeknd- House of Balloons (Self-released)

Top !! Singles/EPs/Mixtapes 20!!
A$AP Rocky- LiveLoveA$AP (Self-released)
Blawan- Getting Me Down (Self-released)
French Montana- Coke Boys 2 (Self-released)
Holy Other- With U (Tri Angle)
Jacques Greene- Another Girl (Lucky Me)
Jamie XX- Far Nearer (Numbers)
Juicy J & Lex Luger- Rubba Band Business 2 (Self-released)
Kwony Cash- Dis One 4 Da Peons (Self-released)
LHF – EP2: The Line Path (Keysound)
Lone- Echolocations (R&S)
Stacy Barthe- Sincerely Yours (Self-released)

Looking forward to:
New records from Beach House, Sun Araw/Congos, SPVCXGHXZTPVRRP, Haxan Cloak, Blondes, The XX, How To Dress Well

Blake Thomas, Beggars Group

Album: Smoke Ring For My Halo - Kurt Vile
Chain Burger: Houston's - Hillstone
Video: Is Tropical - The Greeks
Booze: Pappy Van Winkle 20yr. - Buffalo Trace
Song: 'The Other Shoe' - Fucked Up


Movie Trailer: Trollhunter - Magnet
Sports: Kansas' Morris Twins - F.O.E.
Live: Fucked Up - Webster Hall
Sandwich: Fried Chicken - Diner Brooklyn
TV show: Game Of Thrones - HBO
Brewery: Ballast Point - San Diego
NYC Burger: Minetta Tavern - MacDougal St.
Work Times: Pitchfork Festival - Chicago
Looking Forward to: Soula Coaster - R. Kelly

Dave Martin, Matador Direct


1. Psandwich - Northren Psych - Columbus Discount Records
2. Wounded Lion – IVXLCDM – In The Red Records
3. Brain F≠ - Sleep Rough – Grave Mistake / Static Shock Records
4. Mark Sultan – Whatever I Want / Whenever I Want – In The Red Records
5. Apache Dropout – S/T – Family Vinyard
6. The Cynics – Spinning Wheel Motel – Get Hip Records
7. Meg Baird – Seasons On Earth - Drag City Records
8. Times New Viking – Dancer Equired – Merge Records
9. Kim Phuc – Copsucker – Iron Lung Records
10. Urge Overkill – Rock ‘n’ Roll Submarine – UO Records
11. Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest – Acony Records
12. Pink Reason – Shit In The Garden – Siltbreeze Records
13. J. Mascis – Several Shades Of Why – Sub Pop Records
14. Wild Flag – S/T – Merge Records
15. Robert Scott – Ends Run Together – Flying Nun
16. Cat’s Eyes – S/T – Polydor
17. Bardo Pond – S/T – Fire
18. Crystal Stilts – In Love With Oblivion – Slumberland Records
19. Cheater Slicks – Live Volume 1 – Columbus Discount Records
20. Case Studies – The World Is Just A Shape to Fill The Night – Sacred Bones
21. The Renderers – Rocket Into Nothing – Ba Da Bing
22. Papercuts – Fading Parade – Sub Pop
23. Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming - Dunham Records
24. Human Eye – They Came From The Sky – Sacred Bones
25. Cakekitchen – Kangaroos In My Top Paddock – Violet Times

1. Kreayshawn – Gucci Gucci – Sony Music
2. OBN III’s – No Way To Rock ‘n Roll -Super Secret Records,  Runnin On Fumes & Heavy Heart 7”s – Tic Tac Totally
3. Cheap Time –Another Time b/w Immediate Future - Cass Records
4. Home Blitz – A.T.K. b/w Last Cycle - Mexican Summer
5. Blues Explosion – Black Betty b/w No Reservations – Shove

6. Double Negative – Hardcore Confusion Vols 1 & 2 – Sorry State Records
7. Thee Cormans – Down Mit Der Fuzz b/w Emergency – In The Red Records
8. The Liminanas – AF3458 - SDZ  / (I’ve Got) Trouble In Mind  - Trouble In Mind
9. Apache Dropout – Shot Down - Trouble In Mind / Radiaton  - Mexican Summer
10. The Everymen – Hello, Nice Evening… - State Capital Records
11. Women In Prison – Strange Waves, Births of Rot b/w Circles & Circles – Hozac
12. Raw Blow – Purple Haze b/w Bawlin – Raw Blow
13. The Mantles – Rasberry Thighs b/w Roman Hat – SDZ Records
14. Timmy’s Organism/ John Wesley Coleman III – Split 7” – Goner Records
15. Slices –Modern Bride b/w Chump Change – Kemado

Reissues or new releases of old music
1. Tyvek – Fast Metabolism – M’Lady’s / Water Wing Records
2. Michael Yonkers Band – Microminature Love – Sub Pop / De Stijl
3. Stan Hubbs – Crystal – Companion / Gloriette Records
4. Michael Chapman – Fully Qualified Survivor – Light In The Attic Records
5. Void – Sessions 1981-83 – Dischord Records
6. Faith – Subject To Change & First Demo – Dischord Records
7. The Bats – Daddy’s Highway – Flying Nun
8. Cheater Slicks – Our Food Is Chaos – Almost Ready Records
9. Träd Gräs Och Stenar – Gardet  12.6.1970 – Subliminal Sounds
10. Los Dug Dugs – S/T & Smog – Lion Productions
11. Dow Jones & the Industrials – Family Vinyard
12. Vernon Wray – Waysted – Sebastian Speaks
13. Limes – Tarantula! – Goner
14. DMZ – Radio Demos – Munster
15. Bloodloss – Lost My Head For Drink – Dirty Knobby Records
16. Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments – Burning Trash b/w Price of My Words – Negative Guest List
17. Guilty Pleasures – Summer Strange – Dusty Medical Records
18. Grudge – When Christine Comes Around b/w I’m Gonna Smash Your Face In – Mighty Mouth
19.  The Embarrassment – Sex Drive b/w Patio Set – Last Laugh Records
20. Lyres – Live At Cantones – Munster

Live Shows
1. Brain F≠ / The Men – 583 Johnson  - August 4th
2. Kim Phuc / Double Negative 583 Johnson - April 30th
3. Reigning Sound – Maxwell’s - February 12th
4. Mark Sultan – Cake Shop - December 1st
5. Cheap Time – Shea Stadium - November 18th
6. Cheap Time / Guitar Wolf  Knitting Factory - May 13th
7. The Cynics – Lone Wolf Café - October 31st
8. Ma’am / Sleepyhead / Schooly D– Maxwell’s  August 5th
9. Scratch Acid – Webster Hall - November 7th
10. Renderers – Cake Shop – September 17th

Mike Venutolo-Mantovani, Matador Direct


1. Brain F≠ - Sleep Rough (Grave Mistake)
2. Crooked Fingers - Breaks In The Armor (Merge)
3. The Shrine - Featherheads 7" (Eliminator Records)
4. Mark Sultan - Whatever I Want (In The Red)
5. Mark Sultan - Whenever I Want (In The Red)
6. Mastadon - Live At The Aragon (WBR RSD Excluisve)
7. Wild Flag - S/T (Merge)
8. Crisis Of Confirmity - Fistfight In The Parking Lot 7" (Drag City)
9. Reigning Sound - Abdication... For Your Love EP (Scion A/V)
10. Cat's Eyes - s/t (Polydor)
11. Total Babes - S/T (Old Flame)

1. Fu Manchu at Santos Party House
2. Guided By Voices New Year's Eve at Irving Plaza
3. Fucked Up in the round at LPR
4. Kurt Vile at Webster Hall
5. tUnE-yArDs at Pitchfork Festival

Stuart Davie, Matador Records


Royal Headache - s/t
Antlers - Burt Apart
Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
Real Estate - Days
Fucked Up - David Comes To Life
J Mascis - Several Shades Of Why
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Iceage - New Brigade
Sea And Cake - The Moonlight Butterfly

Other great stuff in 2011:
Making my first trip to New York and acting the total tourist, only skimming the surface of the city.
Running took over my life a bit this year, I competed in my first race and finished a half marathon in 1:32.52, leaving me to only aim higher for 2012.
My US West coast vacation - I loved Seattle, Portland and San Francisco in different ways and had the greatest 2 weeks.
I didn't spend enough time watching watching enough new tv shows, but BBC's Human Planet and Frozen Planet were both incredible.
I didn't read as much as I should do (again) but Born To Run was a highlight from what I did manage to get through.
I took the plunge and moved in with the girlfriend.  I won't let her put up her ugly painting in our bedroom, whilst she think's the Tim Hecker record is trying to brainwash me.  So far, so good.

Aims for next year:
Run a 1:30 half marathon
Get a ticket for at least one of the London Olympics basketball events
Travel more
Survive the apocalypse and get to go to an NBA game.

Lisa Gottheil, Beggars Group

My top 10 of 2011

1.  The release of Hudson Scott Lewis, born on 2/27.   He's super cute.

2.  Friday Night Lights took over my life for a few months and I fell in love with Tim Riggins.  I miss him and think about him daily.

And in no particular order with the rest of this list:
3.  Titus Andronicus / Fucked Up in the round
4.  Seeing Scratch Acid.    Getting to be their publicist for the tour
5.  Neon Swine
6.  Kicking some ass (by luck) in the Sensative Beggars League.   Go Flatiron Tight-Enz

7.  The return of Sean Avery to the NY Rangers
8. Friendly Fires in Central Park
9.  Ratatat in Central Park
10. Murakami


Adam Farrell, marketing (Beggars Group)

A few albums I played a lot....

Cat's Eyes s/t (Downtown/Co-op) [this]

Starlito Ultimate Warrior (Grind Hard Apparel)

Tim Hecker Ravedeath, 1972 (Kranky)

Nicholas Jaar Darkside EP (Clown and Sunset)

The Weeknd House of Balloons (Rapidshare)

Bill Callahan Apocalypse (Drag City)

A couple jams that I played more than all else...
Uncle Murda "The Warning" (watch)
Azealia Banks "212" (watch)

Natalie Judge, Matador Records

Queens Of The Stone Age - la zona rosa, Austin TX - 16th march 2011
Factory Floor - The Citipost Building, London - 25th March 2011


Pulp - Primavera, Barcelona - 27th May 2011
Delorean - On a boat going up and down the Thames - 14th July 2011
Ceremony - Dynamo, Zurich - 28th July 2011

M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
The War On Drugs - Slave Ambient
Iceage - New Brigade
The Jesus Lizard - Club

Friday 29th April, 2011 - Getting a day off, thanks to these guys

Jeremy P. Goldstein, Beggars Group

1. Boxer Rebellion – The Cold Still
2. Lowline - Lowline - Townsend
3. Tape The Radio - Heartache and Fear - Hi-Tone
4. Cold Cave – Cherish The Light Years - Matador
5. Horrors, The – Skying - XL Recordings
6. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming - Mute
7. White Lies – Ritual - Fiction/Geffen/Interscope
8. Chapel Club - Palace - Loog
9. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Sour Mash/Mercury
10. The Wombats - This Modern Glitch - Bright Antenna

Honorary mention: Domino State - Uneasy Lies The Crown - Exhibition (record came out in 2010, but I only found it this year. Would have made my top-5 if I'd heard in on time or it came out this year)

Top-10 Stuff and Things
1t. Parke Trafford Goldstein
1t. Piper Alyssa Goldstein
3. June 6, 2011, 6:45AM and 6:47 AM. The day and time my life changed forever. For the better
4. Eleven Madison Park. Finest restaurant in NYC? Gets my vote
5. Manchester United v. MLS All-Stars. A chance to see United on US soil, from the front row?!?! Yes please, and thank you.
6. Num Pang. Cambodian take the banh mi. Favorite sandwich of the year.
7. The drive from Miami to Key West. Well, parts of it. Some of the smaller keys were amazing to drive around and explore.
8. RBC Coffee. Finally, good coffee below Canal.
9. Wailea, HI. Cheating here, since I won't be there until December 27, but definitely looking forward to some R&R.
10. French Laundry. Again, cheating, but will finally be eating there in the very near future and is there any way it doesn't make the list?

Hagino Tiger Reid (Hostess, Japan)

Konichiwa, Somethings I remember from 2011.
Missing Cheese.
Flea Market selling.
Meeting Gruff Rhys.
Massive Earthquake.
Drinking in Bann, Yutenji.
Yosuke moving to Osaka.
Giving up smoking (I hope).
Watching Pulp at Primavera.
A caravan in Camber Sands.
Lots of aftershock earthquakes.
Gang Gang Dance "Eye Contact".
Fucked Up "David Comes To Life"
Volunteering in the north of Japan.
Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 finishing all 3.
Florence And The Machine "Ceremonial"
Been mistaken for a member of Warpaint.
Cycling around Amsterdam with my sisters.
Owning a badge that says "I am a band parent."

Robby Morris, Matador Records

Balam Acab - Wander / Wonder
Bill Callahan - Apocalypse
Destroyer - Kaput
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
Iceage - New Brigade
Kim Phuc - Copsucker
Cass McCombs - Wit's End

The Men - Leave Home
Omegas - Blasts of Lunacy
Times New Viking - Dancer Equired
Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer - Re: ECM
War on Drugs - Slave Ambient

Matt Harmon, Beggars Group

Skull Defekts "Peer Amid" LP (Thrill Jockey)
The War on Drugs "Slave Ambient'"(Secretly Canadian)
Fucked Up "David Comes to Life" (Matador Records)
Woods "Sun & Shade" (Woodsist)
v/a "Not the Space You Know, But Between Them" boxset (Three Lobed Recordings)
Amen Dunes "Through Donkey Jaw" (Sacred Bones)
Destroyer "Kaputt" (Merge Records)
Zachary Cale "Noise of Welcome" (All Hands Electric)
FRKWYS VOL. 8 - Blues Control & Laraaji LP (FRKWYS)
Tim Hecker "RAVEDEATH" 1972 (Kranky)
Grouper "AIA: Alien Observer" LP (Yellow Electric)
Ensemble Economique "Crossing the Pass, by Torchlight" (Dekorder)
Group Inerane "Guitars From Agadez 3" CD re-issue (Sublime Frequencies)

Steve Glauber, Matador Direct

favorite tunes from 2011. if anything here is not from 2011, don't really care:
Apache Dropout - s/t LP
Deerhoof - Deerhoof vs Evil LP
Fucked Up - David Comes to Life LP
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo LP
War on Drugs - Slave Ambient LP
Mikal Cronin - s/t LP
OBN III's - s/t EP
Sic Alps - Napa Asylum LP
Thee Oh Sees - Carrion Crawler / The Dream LP
Times New Viking - Dancer Equired LP
Ty Segall - Live in Aisle 5 LP, "Buick Mackane" T. Rex cover
Digital Leather - "Mind Eraser"
WIld Flag - "Romance"

Annette Lee, Beggars Group

2011 - My Highlights
- Pulp at Primavera Festival, Barcelona, nearly 15 years after the first time I saw them live (my first ever concert).
- Learning how to ride a bike.
- Finally seeing big brother walk down the aisle and get hitched.
- Joining the gym, and actually enjoying the benefits of exercise (a lifetime first)
- Memorable trips (for many reasons) to Taiwan, Barcelona, Norfolk, New York, Amsterdam, Berlin and Milan.
- Discovering a previously untapped talent for air rifle shooting (thanks Holkham County Fair, Norfolk)
- Japanese culinary heaven at Nobu.

- Mabel the dog. Every office should have one (photo attached)
- The world-famous dumplings at Din Tai Fung, Taipei
- First taste of a kangaroo steak (a very intensely-flavoured red meat, best served medium rare)
- Albums by Beyoncé, Jay-Z/Kanye, PJ Harvey, Frank Ocean
- The entire Formula 1 season and the BBC's brilliant coverage (2012 onwards will not be the same without it).
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Submarine films.
- Gang Gang Dance at Bowery Ballroom - a live-altering experience.

- Getting a dinner plate with my name on it (pic attached, not taken by me I hasten to add). A nice way to end the year.

Jean-Phillippe Aline, Beggars Group

- second trip in Brazil (food, drink, no hangover, beach, daily jog along Ipanema beach with good music on = REAL LIFE)
- sunrise on Angkor Vat Temple, Cambodia, as we say in french : MERVEILLEUX
- my stay at villa medici (definitely want to be an artist)
- finally met GOD aka Sufjan Stevens - best show I attended this year at Olympia, people went mad
- my new turntable
- best singles : I was so r&b this year
motivation by kelly rowland
thinking of you by frank ocean
night air by jamie woon
swear by inc.
hey - king
far nearer - jamie xx

- albums of the year
Ben Westbeech - There's more to life than this
Jill Scott -the light of the sun
Bon Iver - Bon Iver
Red Hot + Rio - Various

- movie of the year : Polisse
- documentary : Cat Fish (2010)
- best TV show : The Killing

- best music video : A long Time - Mayer Hawthorne
- best restaurants: le pantruche (paris) - cuc gach quan (ho chi minh city)

Ruth Barlow, Beggars Group

Album Highlights/Fav's this year
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats - Blood Lust
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
Ice Age - New Brigade
EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
Jeff The Brotherhood - We Are The Champions
Sharon Van Etten - Epic (technically the year before but new for me_)

Wooden Shijps - West
Wu Lyf - Go Tell Fire To The Mountain
Eminem - Recovery (sorry but i love it)
Eminem - The Eminem Show (yes this is old)
Dizzee Rascal - Boy in the corner (yes this too)
Dizzee Rascal - Showtime (and this)

Live Highlights/Fav moments
Coldplay at Glastonbury (an actual masterclass in how to play to 100,000 people plus)
SBTRKT at Field Day (genuine good times side of stage party)
Esben and the Witch at SXSW (i think it was the beauty parlour backyard - such intensity at 2.30 in the afternoon should be applauded!)
Odd Future at Don't Mess with Texas at SXSW-  (chaos rating 10/10)
Perfumed Genius in Beijing (cry inducing)
PJ Harvey playing and looking like an apparition at Primavera
Twin Shadow at Scala  (upping their live game every time i see them)
Glasser at XOYO (something clicked)
Edward Sharpe at the Old Vic Tunnels in London (culty and uplifting - loved the 3 nights out of 5 i went to)

Theatre Highlights
Jerusalem, Apollo Theatre London - never seen ANYONE (Mark Rylance) be so good at their job EVER - mention it to me - my eyes will glaze over and jaw will drop again and again
London Road at the National Theatre - if I described what this 'play' was about you'd be confused... It was an amazing and inventive take on language and natural rhythm - so good I went back twice
Julian Barrett's debut in the Chekhov comedy The Government Inspector at The Young Vic - just bawdy, farcical and funny

Book Highlights
The Sisters Brothers - Patrick De Witt - Coen Brothers like Cowboy tale
Tom Robbins - Villa Incognito - just bonkers
Ernest Hemingway - The Man and the Sea - classic should have read years ago

Frank Dikotter - Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's most devastating catastrophe 1958 - 1962 - mind blowing knowledge gain

TV Highlights
Boardwalk Empire - Season Two - artificial violence is funny and i'm a little intrigued by Michael Pitt
The Sopranos from the start - needs to be done ...
Breaking Bad - about to start Season 3 makes me nervy but who've thunk it from Malcolm in the Middle's dad
The Killing -  original Danish Version - didn't need to be as long as it was but brilliantly compelling and Danish is so pretty as a language

Masterchef - the celebrity one, the professionals one and the public one... i sort of love the learning aspect and best of all there is no effort needed in watching a show like this, perfect wind down tv

Other stuff
getting a badass tattoo
The Royal Wedding for the extra bank holiday
Djing at Silent Disco Reading Festival
Travelling to Hong Kong and mainland China for the first time - wowser that was different

and finally

Not so great things of 2011

a newly reformed Pulp at Primavera, Glastonbury & Reading - sorry friends but i wasn't really interested - i enjoyed the first time too much
Feral people taking to the streets to rob and vandalise areas of London
Lewis Hamilton having a mare of grand prix season - stupid red bull and vettel
Rihanna at the O2 -  felt like i was at a gig celebrating her vagina rather than her pop tunes - lame, soulless corporate pop - well done Live Nation

cheers to 2011, bring it on 2012

Kathryn Braddick, Beggars Group

2011 has been a pretty awesome year it's the year I became Mrs Rodger, lost 5 stone (70lb) and choose Josh over Beyonce.  What a year!!

I got married and we had our first dance on a light up dance floor to The National "Fake Empire" (it's a lot longer than you imagine mainly because we hadn't practiced!!)

In a biggest loser direction and to get ready for the wedding we both decided we need to lose a bit of excess flab and managed to just smash it, sadly I had to give up cider :( !

Glastonbury saw me stood in a field of crazy Beyonce fans and having a eureka moment where I turned to my friend and we decided Josh is fitter and Queens Of The Stone Age were to be our headline act.  I still stand by it being the best decision of the weekend - they were amazing!  I watched Beyonce a few days later from the comfort of my sofa.

Other highlights include - Spending valentines with Adain Moffat, 'David Comes to Life' (on repeat), hitting LA & E3 with Brigitte but not her singing along to Adele, Biffy at Sonisphere,  my work hendo being spent in the best three bars in London -  Crobar, Garlic & Shots & finally Big Red, 'How To Be A Woman' written by Caitin Moran.  Bring on twentytwelve!

Hector Montes, Beggars Group

new records in alphabetical order:
Atlas Sound - Parallax (4AD)
The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World (History Always Favors the Winners)
Comet Gain - Howl of the Lonely Crowd (What's Your Rupture?)

Cut Hands - Afro Noise I (Very Friendly)
Deaf Center - Owl Splinters (Type)
Elite Gymnastics - Ruin (Acephale)
The Feelies - Here Before (Bar/None)
Fucked Up - David Comes to Life (Matador)
Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972 (Kranky)
Iceage - New Brigade (Escho/Dais/What's Your Rupture?/XL/Abeano/Fat Possum)
The Men - Leave Home (Sacred Bones)
Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica (Mexican Summer)


Total Control - Henge Beat (Iron Lung)
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo (Matador)
The Weeknd - House of Balloons (self-released)
Wild Beasts - Smother (Domino)

old records in chronological order:
The Louvin Brothers - Tragic Songs of Life & Satan Is Real (Light in the Attic)
The Beach Boys - The Smile Sessions (Capitol)
Queen - A Night at the Opera (Island)
Harald Grosskopf - Synthesist (Rvng Intl.)
Art Yard - "The Law" b/w "Something In Your Eyes" 7" (Ride the Snake)
The Art of Noise - Who's Afraid of The Art of Noise? (Salvo/ZZT)
R.E.M. - Lifes Rich Pageant (Capitol)
Arthur Russell - Let's Go Swimming (Audika)
Talk Talk - Laughing Stock (Ba Da Bing)
Disco Inferno - The Five EPs (One Little Indian)

Jeremy Kirkland, Beggars Group

My Top Records of 2011 ( in no particular order)

King Krule - EP
Cat's Eyes - (self titled)
Destroyer - Kaputt
Fucked Up - David Comes To Life
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo

Other things of 2011
Getting married to my lovely wife Elizabeth!


Chrissy Stuart, Mattitude Music

Albums (in no particular order):
Fucked Up - David Comes To Life
The Weeknd - House of Balloons
Adele - 21
Iceage - New Brigade
Atlas Sound - Parallax
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo

Little Dragon - Ritual Union
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l
Bad Sports - Kings of The Weekend
Dirty Beaches - Badlands

Straw's Donut Burger in SF
Alexander McQueen at The Met
Ceremony in Boyle Heights
Drive soundtrack
Moving from NYC to California (and not hating it, not even close)
Anything Rebecca Black does
Pierre Huyghe's remake of Brancusi's Sleeping Muse (Frieze Art Fair, London)
Lana Del Rey's lips
Stephen Malkmus sleeping at our office
Date shakes
UT beating A&M in rivalry's final game (hook 'em!)

Living within driving distance to Death Valley
Joy Orbison & Ramadanman at The Roxy
Griffith Park Observatory
Tune-Yards at the Troubadour

Steve Cross, Remote Control

Lost Animal - Lose The Baby
Been holding out for this since Jarrod Quarell use to perform it live with St Helens. Desperate and perhaps
not entirely socially acceptable.

Dick Diver – Head Back
Aged bodies of the Velvets, early Go-Betweens, Modern Lovers, Flying Nun exhumed on the frayed edges
of the Melbourne “scene”.


The Field – Is This Power
Ketamine flavoured wooziness. Scores bonus points for the massive Jah Wobble-esque bass line.

Salem – Till The World Ends
Maybe I’m over intellectualising, but this may wikileak the relationship between the vacuous state of
American pop and the apocalyptic cornerstone of US foreign policy.

EMA – California
It’s linear. Patti Smith’s Birdland set in the time of the great suburban meth plague.

Dirty Beaches – True Blue
Late night 50s Americana filtered through a cheap car radio. Plus he has immaculate hair.

Trouble Books & Mark McGuire – Floating Through Summer
“Jams” - the most abused term of the year. Here it kinda works

Stag Hare – Lavender Raven Tears
Golden rule 2011: Don’t trust face painters ascribing spiritual value to their work. They mainly sound like
the Thompson Twins. Stag Hare made me a hypocrite.

Twerps – Who Are You
Something of a sibling to Dick Diver, sharing musical bad posture, mumbled social ineptitude, a lazy
distain and great songs

Eternal Tapestry & Sun Araw – Night Gallery III
Stallones plays keyboards and flute, normally I am flute intolerant.

Patrick Amory, Matador Records

1. Baby Dee LP - Regifted Light (Drag City)
2. Viscount Hidemaro Konoye - Mozart, Haydn DA (Berlin Philharmonic, 1937-38) (Pristine)
3. Robert Scott - Ends Run Together LP (Flying Nun)
4. Cass McCombs - Humor Risk LP (Domino)
5. Milk Music - Beyond Living 12" EP (self-released)
6. Shearwater - The Island Arc Live DA (self-released)
7. Various Artists - Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM 3CD box (Dust-to-Digital)
8. Tonetta - 777 Vol. II LP (Black Tent)
9. Art Yard - The Law 7" (Ride The Snake)
10. Cian Nugent - Doubles LP (VHF)

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records

Wiccans - Skullduggery (Katorga Works)
Noveller - Glacial Glow (Weird Forest)
Obnox - I'm Bleeding Now (Smog Veil)
Flesh Lights - Muscle Pop (Twistworthy)


Jesu - Ascension (Calo Verde)
Tommy Keene - Behind The Parade (Second Motion)
Wounded Lion - IVXLCDM (In The Red)
Video - Leather, Leather (Play Pinball)
Mikal Cronin - s/t (Trouble In Mind)
OBN III's - The One & Only (Tic Tac Totally)
Total Control - Henge Beat (Iron Lung)


Mind Spiders - s/t (Dirtnap)
Deaf Wish - Mercy (Radio Records)  (2010, so kill me)
Robert Scott - Ends Run Together (Flying Nun) (see above)
Pygmy Shrews - You People Can All Go Straight To Hell (Jack Shack)
Barreracudas - Nocturnal Missions (Douchemaster)
Factory Star - Enter Castle Perilous (Occulation)
Kitchen's Floor - Look Forward To Nothing (Siltbreeze)
Yussuf Jerusalem - Blast From The Past (Florida's Dying)
Quin Galavis - Should Have Known You (Threadpull)
Witches - Forever (Bakery Oulet)

singles :

Boomgates - Layman's Terms (Smart Guy)

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Creamers - Modern Day (Jolly Dream)
Creamers - Slow Burn (Secret Beach)
Avon Ladies - Guns & Gold (Katorga Works)
Women In Prison - Strange Waves (HoZac)]
Sex Cult - Errand Boy (Goner)
Slices - Modern Bride (Kemado)
Charles Albright - Weight (Permanent)

old bits reissued nicely : Laurice/Grudge (Mighty Mouth), Tyvek (M'Lady's), Art Yard (Ride The Snake), The Gruberger Brothers

live : Unholy Two (Austin, March and May), Deaf Wish (Memphis, September), Wiccans (Austin, July), Mind Spiders (Atlanta, April), Cheap Time (Austin, Memphis, September),  Reigning Sound (NYC, November), Hank Wood & The Hammerheads (NYC, October), Wire (London, February) Hank IV (San Francisco, October), Broken Water (Austin, April), Wax Museums (Austin, March), Brain Idea (Chicago, July), Richard Buckner (Austin, October)

Best (non-human) things in the world : J. Mueller, this guy, this place. That's enough oversharing for one day.

Snap, Crackle, Pop : The Condo Fucks (with The Great Gaylord) at Norton 25

Norton Records is celebrating their 25th anniversary this weekend with a star-studded, 4-night bill at Brooklyn's Bell House.  We'd like to congratulate Billy Miller and Miriam Linna on their stewardship of one of the planet's finest labels ; if anyone has done more to document real rock'n'roll, old & new, please don't tell us about it because we're running out of room in the record library. The Condo Fucks and longtime associate The Great Gaylord (Fields) were just one of the Friday highlights ; Gaylord wearing earplugs is kind of Rocky Marciano donning a protective headgear. He might be safe, but the rest of us won't be the same for days.

Cold Cave summer mix tape and summer tour

Last week on their website, COLD CAVE's Wesley Eisold posted a pretty spectacular mix of "songs for the summer"; a playlist containing sounds ranging from pure pop to avant garde, some familiar and some obscure, somehow all tied together loosely for this season and certainly worthy of repeat listens.

Check it out here.

This digital mixtape also rings in the kick off of Cold Cave's summer tour, which starts at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn tomorrow should likely hits your town thereafter.

And hey, check this space tomorrow for even more exciting Cold Cave content.

Tuesday, July 12 – Brooklyn, NY — Knitting Factory (Cult of Youth Supports) – Tickets
Wednesday, July 13 – Montreal, QC –  La Sala Rossa (Cult of Youth Supports) – Tickets
Thursday, July 14 – Toronto, ON — Legendary Horseshoe Tavern (Cult of Youth Supports) – Tickets
Friday, July 15 – Detroit, MI — Magic Stick (Cult of Youth Supports) – Tickets
Saturday, July 16 – Chicago, IL — Pitchfork Festival
Sunday, July 17 – Minneapolis, MN — Varsity Theater (Cult of Youth Supports) – Tickets
Monday, July 18  — Fargo, ND  — The Aquarium (Cult of Youth Supports) – Tickets
Thursday, July 21 – Vancouver, BC — Biltmore Cabaret (Austra Supports) – Tickets
Friday, July 22 – Portland, OR — Doug Fir Lounge (Austra Supports) – Tickets
Saturday, July 23 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
Monday, July 25 – San Francisco, CA — Great American Music Hall (Austra Supports)
Tuesday,  July 26 –  San Diego, CA — Casbah  (Austra Supports) – Tickets
Wednesday, July 27 – Los Angeles, CA — Los Angeles Ukranian Center (Austra Supports)
Friday, July 29 – Salt Lake City – Urban Lounge (Austra Supports) – Tickets
Saturday, July 30 – Denver – Bluebird Theater (Austra Supports) – Tickets
Sunday, July 31 — Omaha NE  — Waiting Room    (Austra Supports) – Tickets
Monday,  August 1  – Saint Louis, MO  — Firebird (Austra Supports)
Tuesday,   August 2  — Cleveland,  OH — Grog Shop  (Austra Supports) – Tickets
Thursday, August 4 – Washington, DC — Rock N Roll Hotel (Austra Supports) – Tickets
Friday, August 5 – Philadelphia, PA — Voyeur (Austra Supports)
Saturday, August 6 – New York, NY — Bowery Ballroom – Tickets (Austra Supports)

Ted Leo...The Ultimate Deal

So Crazy Eddie's opened it's doors 40 years ago (1971 for the math impaired) in Brooklyn, New York. Today, and TODAY ONLY, Amazon MP3 and Ted Leo are offering up his critically lauded and commonly embraced, album from last year, The Brutalist Bricks, for just $3.99.  Yes you read that right, $3.99.  Coincidence?  Probably (thanks Wikipedia), but that really misses the point...YOU'D BE CRAZY NOT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS.  Visit Amazon today for a great deal!

Also for all you West Coasters, remember that Ted's one man show is headed your way this week.  For other parts of the country he'll see you in April + May.

And we're also pleased to announce that Ted will be performing at SXSW, solo style, as well:

Sun, 3/13 - The Mohawk - Barbarian Group/Stumble Upon Party

Mon, 3/14 - Venue 222 - Wearcast Party

Wed, 3/16 - The Swan Dive - Brooklyn Vegan Showcase

Thu, 3/17 - French Legation Museum - Other Music Day Party

Fri, 3/18 - The Mohawk - Flower Booking / Onion A.V. Club / Canvas Media Party

Ted Leo tours the US solo style!

We just wanted to remind everyone of some good news.  If you live on the West Coast then Ted Leo is coming to visit on a run of solo tour dates later this month.  Fear not though for all who live east of the Pacific Ocean, Ted loves you too and has just announced another series of solo US tour dates, slated for late April/early May.  Please visit Ted's site for more details about his upcoming tour dates and hopefully we'll see you at one of these shows!

Sat, 2/19 - Los Angeles, CA - Skybar at Mondrian Hotel –

Sun, 2/20 - Los Angeles, CA - Center for the Arts Eagle Rock

Wed, 2/23 - Riverside, CA - The Barn @ UC Riverside

Thu, 2/24 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill (Noise Pop Festival)

Fri, 2/25 - Seattle, WA - U of Washington

Sat, 2/26 - Portland, OR - BackSpace Cafe

Wed, 4/27 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall

Thu, 4/28 - Dover, NH - Dover Brickhouse

Fri, 4/29 - Hamden, CT - The Space

Sat, 4/30 - Scranton, PA - The Vintage Theater

Sun, 5/1 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie

Tue, 5/3 - Pittsburgh, PA - Andy Warhol Museum

Wed, 5/4 - Cleveland, OH - B-side Liquor Lounge

Thu, 5/5 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern

Fri, 5/6 - Madison, WI - The Terrace

Sat, 5/7 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe's

Sun, 5/8 - St Louis, MO - Off Broadway

Wed, 5/11 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn

Thu, 5/12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506

Esben takeover Drowned in Sound

Today you'll find Esben and the Witch occupying Drowned In Sound in one of the more peaceful takeovers currently taking place.  The band are all over the website with essays discussing a range of influences, from the location of the photo shoot for the Violet Cries artwork, to the power of lyrics and creative writing, memories of their favourite film scores and their personal discovery of the great Scott Walker.

The band started their UK tour last night in Bristol to a sell-out crowd and tonight they play their hometown show in Brighton, before continuing around the UK and Europe, then crossing the pond for shows around the US and Canada, including a stop at SXSW in March.

Violet Cries was released yesterday in the UK and Europe and is available as of Feb 8th everywhere else. If you're still waiting for its release you can still get yourself the album on pre-order for just $10 over at the Matador store or check a preview of the album at the bands website.

Esben & The Witch album premiere

so it was 6 degrees F (-14 Celsius) when I left for the office this morning.  A crisp, bright, and beautiful winter morning.  Admittedly I'm in quite a positive head space for a frigid, January, Monday morning but I digress.  Esben & The Witch appear to be in an equally friendly mood this winter's day and have premiered their debut album Violet Cries, in full, via Stereogum

and if you missed it last week, please be sure to check out Esben & The Witch's second music video "Warpath" and remember they'll be touring throughout Europe and the US this February + March.
Mon, 1/31 Bristol, UK The Louisana
Tue, 2/1 Brighton, UK  Pavillion Theatre
Tue, 2/8 Birmingham, UK  Hare & Hounds
Wed, 2/9 London, UK  XOYO
Fri, 2/11 Brussels, BE  Botanique/Rotonde
Sat, 2/12 Amsterdam, NL  Paradiso
Mon, 2/14 Hamburg, DE  Molotow
Wed, 2/16 Copenhagen, SE  Loppen
Thu, 2/17 Berlin, DE  Comet
Sat, 2/19 Saint Malo, FR  Route Du Rock Festival
Mon, 2/21 Paris, FR  Point Ephemere
Thu, 3/3 Washington, DC Red Palace
Fri, 3/4 Brooklyn, NY The Bell House
Sat, 3/5 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
Sun, 3/6 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
Mon, 3/7 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
Tue, 3/8 Pittsburgh, OH Brillobox
Wed, 3/9 Akron, OH Musica
Thu, 3/10 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Fri, 3/11 Toronto, ON Wrongbar
Sat, 3/12 Denton, TX 35 Conferette
Sat, 3/19 Austin, TX Mess With Texas
Tue, 3/22 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theater
Wed, 3/23 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
Thu, 3/24 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
Fri, 3/25 Seattle, WA Sunset Tavern
Sat, 3/26 Vancouver, BC The Waldorf Hotel

Man, Are We An Opinionated Bunch Or What? - Matador Artists, Staff & Associates Slam The Lid On 2010

There's no shortage of publications, blogs, label websites, etc.,  running their own screwy lists of 2010's top recordings, events, etc.   How is Matador's annual entry any different?  Well for starters, our lists are much longer. Thanks for indulging us this year, folks.   The Best Of The Bests Ofs, right after THIS :

Brian Case, The Ponys

Lower Dens - Twin Hand Movement
Easily my most listened to album this year. Initially I picked this up because I thought a friend of mine was in it, turned out he recorded it. So good, hope to do some shows together at some point.
Spoon - Transference
Spoon get better and more popular with every release by constantly evolving. This is their best album in my opinion, one of the few bands out their pushing their fans into new territory.
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Another band that succeeds by changing. At first I was on the fence with some of this but after seeing it live a few times and a few serious headphone sessions I really got the mood and aura of the recording.

Women - Public Strain
This sounds better and different every time I listen to it. I hope they didn't break up.
Anika - Anika
Woke up with this on my ipod one morning - don't remember how I found it but it's easily the coolest music made in 2010.
Weekend - Sport
Like Peter Hook in a Krautrock band. Lots of layers that never layer together, it's great.
Veronica Falls - Both singles
Kinda suprised more people aren't all over this band - they'll have an album our sometime 2011 that will be my favorite for the year.
Brian Eno - Small Craft on a Milk Sea
Was really suprised by this, the guys he's collaborating with are excellent. Everything about this - label, art, music - was really thought out and tasteful.
Soft Moon - Soft Moon
This is sneaking in right at the end of the year, very impressed with this guy.
Thread Pulls - New Thoughts
Heard this on the New Noise Podcast, really sparse - lots of space, just getting into it but I like it a lot.
Beach House - Teen Dream
What a great year for music, this record is perfect.

Andrew Earles

1. Brace Beldon’s commentary…MC’ing Gonerfest VII and ‘tween-song banter at Chaos in Tejas. I welcome a general show of balls as we approach the Great Culture Wars of 2013
2. Chaos in Tejas 2010 – I hate festivals. I love this one.
3. Fucked Up “Heir Apparent”
4. Boris Amplifier Worship reissue (Southern Lord)
5. Ty Segall – Melted (Goner) – Early impressions made me ignore the development Ty has gone through over the past couple of years. Please, more albums that make me look really dumb. Please. That’s not sarcasm.
6. Sailors With Wax Wings (Angel Oven)
7. The Young Voyagers of Legend (Mexican Summer)

8. Kylesa Spiral Shadow (Relapse)
9. Coliseum House With A Curse (Temporary Residence)
10. The completion and publication of my first book.
11. Being at peace with the predictability of the previous ten entries.

Jeffrey Jensen

1.  I like going to the US Open Qualifying Tournament. It’s free. It’s not crowded. You get to see rising talents like the staggeringly gorgeous Mandy Minella. Hubba Hubba!!
2.  Being from Kansas City, I’m a little snobby about BBQ. I’ve never thought anywhere else compared (yes, I’ve been to NC, Memphis and Texas). But I have to say Luling City Market deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Bryant’s.
3. I and I got really into drinking Magnum Tonic Wine for the month of February. It’s really hard to find stateside which is probably a good thang.
4. The day the tornado touched down I was stranded in Flushing and eventually wound up at Ilda’s Place II in Elmhurst. This recommendation is directed towards those twits that audibly lament the “lack of grit” in NYC.
5. I purchased this suspiciously unblemished Volvo Wagon off an old man for a song.
6.  I finally found a copy of the Abdul and Cleopatra single by Jonathan Richman which is backed with my SONG OF THE YEAR…..”Carol”.
7. Jimmy Webb’s performance at Stuyvesant High School in July was a treat.
8. Getting vibed by Sasha Spielberg (I swear) at Louie’s Lunch in New Haven stands out.
9.  I was asked to interview one of my heroes the great Tom Wilson on Viva Radio. Buy his LP All-American Boy from his website you fools!!
10. I forgot how much fun it is to attend the Brimfield Antique Show.
11. The publication of Andy’s Husker Du book and the opening of Ian and Jade’s record store (Wombleton) also made 2010 less bleak.

James McNew, Yo La Tengo

"Delocated" season 2
"1000 Cats," by Brett Gelman
John Waters, Role Models
Julie Klausner, I Don't Care About Your Band
Live shows by: Thee Oh Sees, Little Black Egg, De La Soul, Merzbow, Rattle, Sloppy Heads, Nice & Smooth w/ DJ Premier
Yoshitomo Nara, "Nobody's Fool" exhibit at Asia Society NYC

Jonathan Meiburg, Shearwater

Where did you come from, where did you go?: 2010 in flashbacks

- Skyline Drive in Shenandoah
- Moby Dick.  (Not the Bonham version). Why did I wait so long?
- furtive glimpse of fabled 'rock star treatment' in all-you-can-drink press tour of northern Europe (unfortunately wasted on me)
- Hiking 10 miles to my truck through the Utah wilderness the morning of our show at Matador 21
- moment of panic when low-gear 4WD would not disengage (same morning).
- turning into a blithering fanboy in front of a very gracious Liz Phair like it was 1996

- Hiking the Zion Narrows alone
- receiving a cowrie shell from the island of Kili, where the people of Bikini Atoll still await permission to return home after 60+years.
- weathering critical scorn directed at Blue Water White Death album (which I love)
-  Thor's tour rules going viral, to my delight (and chagrin).  I think it was the picture that did it.
-  Making plans to disappear into the tropics
-  Realizing the beauty of the Vox AC30
-  Eating loquats from the tree in Miwa and Reuben's front yard
- "Newly-Weds Song" by Jim Pepper
- "The Reason Young People Use Drugs" by Abner Jay
- "You Fucking People Make Me Sick" by SWANS
- Argiope spider in the prickly pear by my mailbox.  Huge, beautiful, and totally evil.
- Playing the London Barbican, Tavastia in Helsinki, Bowery and WMH in NYC, the unforgettably weird Outland in Columbus, OH, and The Off Festival in Poland...
- ...where I watched Jordan and Kim and our soundman Phil Jones dance onstage with the Flaming Lips.
- Getting robbed in Washington, DC - only consolation was feeling of unease the thieves must have felt when they opened Thor's sketchbook.
- Palo Santo Marron ale by Dogfish Head. I'm pretty sure they had me in mind.
- Planning for The Island Arc performance in January.
- "Cotton-Eyed Joe," performed by Nina Simone

Sandy Miranda, Fucked Up

Pleasant Moments

Six Flags Magic Mountain in January.
Damian breaking edge on tour.
Moscow, Russia (note the super fine statues in the subway).

(all photos by Sandy)

Playing basketball at Matador 21.
All Tomorrow's Parties, Monticello, NY.
Two gratuitous photos of my cat, Buster.
Making new friends and seeing old ones on the hard-to-believe-actually-happened Arcade Fire tour.

Bob Nastanovich, Pavement

Saccharine Trust live, Minehead, UK
The Pie Shop, Felix Street, Auckland
Flemington Racecourse live, Melbourne
The Ring Hotel, Vienna
Poison Control Center live, Kansas City
Hipodromo de Palermo live, Buenos Aires
The Clean live

Brian Wilson, San Francisco Giants

Kathryn Braddick, Beggars Group

The year I didn't miss TV and discovered boxsets (a bit late, I know). Two in particular Mad Men & 30 Rock. Mad Men fuelling my love of Don Draper and my desire to grow up to be all hips & tits just like Joan Holloway. 30 Rock fuelling my love for Jack Donaghy and gaining fashion tips from Liz Lemon.

Primavera, Primavara, Primavara this was the first year I'd ever been. What more could you want, nice weather, ace bands and a festival full of sunbunt indie boys!

The Matador @ 21 boxset on shuffle, reigniting my love for Pavement and the joy of them being followed by Fucked Up soundtracking my epic daily commutes across London and the daily fuck ups of TFL.

The year I favoured Twitter over Facebook, I finally settled on a name and had enough with the 100's of holiday shots of people you barely know or even like for that matter. Twitter is short and to the point. There are two very good reasons to be on twitter: @dianainheaven - I am looking forward to her narration of the royal wedding next year and @ViztopTips advise & tips on everything you ever need to know.

The year me & Mat moved into our own flat (no more shared houses for me) and my demand for a huge ruby bit of bling came true and we got engaged!

Adam Farrell, Beggars Group


Black Breath - 'Heavy Breathing' (Southern Lord)
Earl Sweatshirt - 'Earl' (OFWGKTA / Sendspace)
Big K.R.I.T. - 'K.R.I.T. Wuz Here' (Rapidshare)
Lower Dens - 'Twin-Hand Movement' (Gnomonsong)
Field Music - 'Measure' (Memphis Industries)

Rick Ross - "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)"
Dylan LeBlanc - "Emma Hartley"
Earl Sweatshirt - "epaR"
The Sugar Stems - "Next to You"

Pulling up to The Palms
Pulling away from The Palms
And special props to my wife for helping to bring Lute into the world. Couldn't have done it without her!

Jeremy Goldstein, Beggars Group

Top 10 records

1. Sound of Guns - What Came From Fire - Distiller. UK guitar rock that would fit in perfectly in 1995. Which is obviously right up my alley.
2. Hurts - Happiness - RCA. Depeche Mode meets Spandau Ballet meets Human League? Super dramatic, super stylized '80s-esque synthpop.
3. Dinosaur Pile-Up - Growing Pains - Friends Vs. Records. Some English lads listened a lot to Nirvana's Nevermind and then decided to rock their own poppier version.
4. Union Sound Set - Start/Stop - Mighty Atom. Reminiscent of early Elbow, plus the singer is a United fan. So there's that.

5. Makaras Pen - Makaras Pen - Projekt. First of three shoegaze records on my list. Like a FAR less creepy Cranes. Just be wary of the videos.
6. Exit Calm - Exit Calm - Sonic Unyon. Up the shoegaze revival. So ready for it. And so it seems, are Exit Calm. 1990 was never referenced so wondrously.
7. Film School - Fission - Hi-Speed Soul. More shoegazy and Lorelei Plotcyzk's vocals sound like Shop Assistants/Motorcycle Boy's Alex Taylor, whose voice is like gold to me.
8. Jonsi - Go - XL. I love Sigur Ros, so of course I love this. His voice is truly amazing.
9. Middle Class Rut - No Name No Color - Bright Antenna. Duo that sounds like Fugazi meets Jane's Addiction. And from Sacramento, so they probably like Scandia.
10. The National - High Violet - 4AD. Brooklyn's faves write another extra-dense record that rewards the listener for immersion with new layers to unwrap on each play.

Top 10 stuff

1. My wife. I know I gave her a shout in my Write About Love entry, but just humor me. Anyone who puts up with my ass AND is as awesome as she is deserves another mention or 10. Also deserving of top billing in 2010: Monkey and Kitty.
2. The Tofu Delight at Paseo in Seattle. The best vegetarian sandwich I've ever eaten. Total game changer. Like go straight there from the airport game changer. Like take foodporn shots when you are there and taunt your friends who aren't there game changer.
3. Matador at 21 party in Las Vegas. Are you kidding me? How could this weekend have been any better? Great bands, great shows, great hotel rooms, and great vibes. Lombardi, Gerard, and Patrick: congratulations. You threw the best party in the history of the world.
4. Cicada in London. Still as delicious as ever. Especially the chilli-salt squid and the chilli tofu.
5. The World Cup. Some of the matches may have been boring, but three matches a day for like two weeks? Make it happen every year! Watching video of the reactions to Landon Donovan's last gasp goal in the USA-Algeria match still makes me tear up.
6. Blue Bottle, Stumptown, and Intelligentsia coffees. You make trips to SF, Portland, Seattle, LA, and Chicago so much better.
7. Eze, France. An amazing Medieval city perched high above the Mediterranean off the road connecting Monaco and Nice. A must visit on the Cote D'Azur.
8. Vampire Weekend's Contra debuting at #1 on the Billboard top-200. First time for an indie band that had never been on a major. Such a great way to kick off the year.
9. The Ted Leo and the Pharmacists record release show/karaoke event. One of the most fun gives I've attended in ages. And I don't even like karaoke.
10. The recent(ish) upswing in the preponderance of proper cocktail bars, in NYC and around the country. Nice to know you can get a well-made cocktail in so many cities.

Matt Harmon
, Beggars Group

Teenage Fanclub - Shadows (Merge)
Lower Dens - Twin Hand Movement (Gnomesong)
Glasser - Ring (True Panther Sounds)
Ensemble Economique - Psychical (Not Not Fun)
Johann Johannsson - And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound of Bees LP (Type)
Joshua Abrams - Natural Information LP (Eremite)
Sun Araw - Off Duty 12" (Woodsist)
Keith Fullerton Whitman - Variations for oud & synthesizer 7" (No label)
Destroyer - Archer on the Beach 12" (Merge Records)
Woods At Echo Lake (Woodsist)

Emeralds - Does It Look Like I'm Here (Editions Mego)
Expo 70 - Where Does Your Mind Go (Immune Recordings)

Jeremy Kirkland, Beggars Group

Deerhunter-  Halcyon Digest
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti Before Today
The John Lennon Reissues (dang they sound good!)

The War On Drugs -  Future Weather
Girls - Broken Dreams Club
Glasser - Ring
The Bob Dylan Mono Boxed Set
Reading Anthony Bourdain's Medium Raw 3 times
Going to Matador at 21 in Las Vegas- I think I'm still recovering from Vegas, I basically got to see all my favorite a vegas...over and over. Kind of one of the best times I've ever had.
Seeing Kanye West at The Bowery Ballroom- Because rants sound better in person!
Getting engaged to my beautiful fiancee Elizabeth

Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars Group

1) Greg Cartwright and all he does: The Oblivians, Reigning Sound, The Parting Gifts and more.

2) Superchunk - their new album is SO good, and they blew my mind in Vegas.
3) Las Vegas for Matador at 21 - I was so excited to get to go to this...thanks GC, CL and PA!
4) Speaking of Vegas, TED LEO - is this guy the hardest working man in show business or what? He deserves a LOT of respect and everyone's love and if you haven't bought his records, you are dumb.
5) Boston - I revisited Boston for the first time in way too long, for a sad reason (RIP Billy Ruane), but this town is special and the music scene there is so tight and supportive. It was nice to visit again and I hope that my next visit there is soon.
6) NPR Story Of The Day/PRI This American Life - thanks to listening to these shows on my iphone to/from work, I am able to drown out all the douchebags next to me on the subway.
7) Eskuche headphones - these headphones are swank and make me feel a lot cooler than I really am on said subway.
8/9) Ariel Pink/Deerhunter - These dudes are too smart for their own good, and make beautiful records. They are only on the same line because they are both 4AD releases, and even though I didn't work on them, everyone around me they get to share.
10) Momofuku Milk Bar - yum. Rosemary soft serve? Crack pie?  Cinnamon bun pie? 'nuff said.

Jonathan Lang
, Beggars Group

Albums: In No Particular Order...

Clinging To A Scheme - The Radio Dept.
Ring - Glasser
Disconnect From Desire - School of Seven Bells
High Violet - The National
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West
Contra - Vampire Weekend
Autumn Again - A Sunny Day In Glasgow
The ArchAndroid - Janelle Monae
Loud - Rihanna
Body Talk - Robyn
Black Noise - Pantha Du Prince
Halcyon Digest - Deerhunter
Write About Love - Belle and Sebastian
Thank Me Later - Drake
Hippies - Harlem
The Age of Adz - Sufjan Stevens

Some my favorite tracks this year:

Roman's Revenge - Nicki Minaj Featuring Eminem:  Although Pink Friday was somewhat of a letdown, it was nice to hear both Nicki and Eminem sound downright nutso. Not to mention the sick and twisted off-kilter beat laid down by Swizz Beatz is off-setting in its own right. Why couldn't Pink Friday be all like this?!

Fountain Stairs - Deerhunter: By the time Halcyon Digests hits this track, it almost feels like the band is taking a victory lap with it's righteous anthemic guitar led chorus.  I mean they just had a career moment a track before with Helicopter!  But there isn't a moment on the rest of the record that gives off this much warmth and a feeling of instant nostalgia like this one. A fuzzy hazy memory is propelled forward into clarity with charging drums and forceful guitar bliss.6t

Sentimental X's - Broken Social Scene

Oh, Maker - Janelle Monae: An amazing cut from an album seemingly overflowing with them, it was hard to pick one. I chose "Oh, Maker" solely for Janelle's vocals. Her vocal runs are gorgeous, and never feel forced. She's one of those people seemingly born to create amazing music, and I have no doubt that she'll continue to do so.

Diplomat's Son - Vampire Weekend: If you would have told me 3 years ago when I saw Vampire Weekend play their first album release show that they would have put out a track as weird as "Diplomat's Son" I wouldn't have believed you. But after hearing Contra, it all makes perfect sense. The whole record is the perfect balance indie-pop and eccentricities that run much deeper than mashing together genres. Listen to how easily this track just dumps production ideas on top of one another, that all blend together seamlessly with the story being told. Definitely one of the best tracks of the year

Lemonworld - The National: While most of High Violet feels like you are being walloped with an emotional sledgehammer(not that I'm complaining), I found solace in the warmth emanating from this track. The band puts their guns away for a little while, and dials one down. The interplay between the muted but steady drumming, and the almost dubby(!) guitars all coupled with slight orchestration simmering underneath it all makes "Lemonworld" feel like a warm light in the storm that is High Violet.

Monster - Kanye West Featuring Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, and Bon Iver: Oh man, I went insane when this track came out. Particularly because Nicki's verse is as delirious as it is amazing.  She rhymes Tonka, Wonka, Gangsta, and Sri Lanka in the first bar of her verse, and is able to switch from furious fire monster, to teasing her detractors in playful child's voice all within one minute of a verse. This track sums up almost everything that is amazing about Nicki Minaj. Her ability to pack more personality into 40 seconds of a song then most people can do in entire album, all while instilling fear and making you laugh, and spitting fire to boot. In her own words "The Best Bitch Doin' It"

Only Girl (In The World) - Rihanna: Stargate and Rihanna continue to be a force to be reckoned with when it comes to making serious pop jams. "Rude Boy" paired her icy robotic vocals with island rhythms all packaged around a ridiculously well constructed & tight pop song. "Only Girl" continues Stargate & Rihanna's winning streak with a four-on-the-floor beat backed by ALMOST cheesy Eurodisco synths. The chorus is a home run, allowing Rihanna's vocals to soar above the mix, something that she never does in her songs. While she may not have the most interesting persona as some of the other Divas out there, she's the only one that consistently puts out jams, all while keeping it interesting.

TV Shows

Community (NBC) - This show is the best thing on TV right now hands down.

Breaking Bad (AMC) - Season 3 took this show to "The Wire & The Sopranos level"
Mad Men (AMC) - While not my favorite season of this show, it had the best episode of the series run so far. "The Suitcase" was a serious achievement for a series full of em.
The Walking Dead (AMC) - Although only 6 episodes so far, this show was awesome and I can't wait for more.
Futurama (Comedy Central) - A welcome return to the funniest cartoon on TV.

Annette Lee
, Beggars Group

2010 - the highlights
The birth of my nephew Oliver James Murray
Krakow adventures (mostly fuelled by vodka and Vogues, by necessity rather than enjoyment) *
Moroccan adventures (Men of Morocco please note - I do not answer to the names "China", "Japan" and "Sexy") #
Norfolk Broads adventures (lessons learned: never EVER drink and drive a boat; don't set off on a camping expedition at midnight, you will get lost; wearing a T-shirt bearing the word "BULLSHIT" won't go down well amongst the locals in a quiet seaside town)
A priceless mid-winter 48 hours with Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti in LA where I appeared to bring the British weather with me (it was still warmer than our summers in the UK. Figures.).
The National finally getting the attention they deserve.
Bands that I actually care about reforming (stand up Take That, Pulp, Godspeed You! Black Emperor)
Getting sunburn - sunburn! actual sun! - at a highly memorable Glastonbury
ATP (of course)
Deerhunter at Webster Hall, NYC.
Being beaten at bowling by a four year old boy (a new low)
Getting sucked back into Twitter again
Mad Men season 4 (I fully endorse the idea of martini lunches please bosses)
Many many weddings. Please guys, stop getting married.

* There is a reason why tourists don't go there in January - because it's TOO FUCKING COLD.
# There is a reason why tourists don't go there in July - because it's TOO FUCKING HOT.

Hector Montes, Beggars Group

Twenty-one things that provided brief respites from the endlessly terror-vomiting Hellscape of life on Earth in the year 2010 (with selected comments):
1. Matador at 21 in Las Vegas, NV, October 1 - 3: Not just the musical event of a lifetime, but an opportunity for some top-notch tweets.
2. Titus Andronicus - The Monitor

3. Tyvek - Nothing Fits: 100% pure adrenaline (with apologies to the Point Break marketing team, wherever they are).
4. Lazy Sundays with Colleen and Bucket, the two loveliest ladies in Brooklyn.
5. Community
6. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
7. Watching Brett Favre come to the realization that he definitely should have retired last year.
8. Tristan Perich - 1-Bit Symphony: On this list as both composition and artifact (leaning perhaps a bit more toward the latter).
9. The Fall - Your Future Our Clutter / The Wonderful And Frightening World Of The Fall (Omnibus Edition): I wouldn’t say that Mark E. Smith has aged gracefully, but a listen to the massive Wonderful And Frightening reissue reminds us that grace was never really his thing anyway.
10. Touch And Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine ’79-’83
11. Netflix streaming
12. Michael Kupperman. That Snake ‘n’ Bacon wasn’t a massive hit for Adult Swim is an indictment of our entire lousy culture.
13. Shearwater - The Golden Archipelago: “People ask me what kind of music we play and I say, ‘Well...’” - Jonathan Meiburg, onstage at Shearwater’s 11/12/10 Music Hall of Williamsburg show
14. Pantha du Prince - Black Noise
15. Man…or Astro-man? reunion shows. I have to commend any band that has the balls to sell “space dust” at their merch table.
16. Tom McCarthy - C
17. Glasser - Ring
18. Sun City Girls - Funeral Mariachi
19. Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s for night 7 of Hanukkah, 12/7/10, with openers Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & The Cairo Gang and Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler, plus Nels Cline playing second guitar for most of YLT’s set.
20. Three records that should have been on my list last year but weren’t: Shit And Shine - 229-2299 Girls Against Shit!; Wild Beasts - Two Dancers; Mi Ami - Watersports.
21. Christopher Hitchens publicly coming to terms with his own mortality. I hope I can still write about him in the present tense this time next year.

Todd Netter, Beggars Group

Great, Memorable, and simply Moments in Matador History: 2010
High Point = Matador 21, The Lost Weekend.  WOW what a great time! I'm so happy I was able to attend + celebrate with everyone. Congrats again Gerard, Chris, and Patrick.
Low Point = Jimmy Lee Lindsey's premature and unfortunate death.  A life lived on his on terms.  We'll remember you forever.
In No Particular Order or Relevance:
Yo La Tengo = the Hanukkah shows were back at Maxwell's this year.
Pavement = reunion tour, saw them 4 times (Pomona/Fox Theater, Coachella, NY Summer Stage, & Matador 21 in Vegas).
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists = the Bottled In Cork video. I think Ted is onto something with this Musical Theater idea.

The New Pornographers = meeting a real astronaut (Michael J Massimino) at the Letterman Show.
Harlem = Victim's of Sonic Attack party at Charlie's Bar during SXSW.
Glasser = her Fader cover, amazing!
Esben & The Witch = the Marching Song video, I still have bruises from watching that.
Kurt Vile = Square Shells EP for free (even if it was just for one day), as Crazy Eddie might say...we're INSANE.
Belle & Sebastian = Write about love campaign.  I didn't myself but I love everyone who did.
Mission of Burma = their Aquarium Drunkard session, especially Dirt.
Fucked Up = Natalie Judge's stage dive at Red 7 in Austin during SXSW.
Guided By Voices = New Year's Eve at Irving Plaza in NYC!?!?

Non-Matador Bands/Albums I liked this year a little more than other bands/albums I also liked.  In no particular order of course.
Superchunk "Majesty Shredding"
Bear In Heaven "Beast Rest Forth Mouth"
Sufjan Stevens "The Age of Adz"
Fresh & Onlys "Play It Strange"
Matthew Dear "Black City"
Twin Shadow "Forget"
Caribou "Swim"
Surfer Blood "Astro Coast"

5 songs from 2010 that have me excited for new music in 2011:
Smith Westerns "Weekend"
Times New Viking "Try Harder"
Dirty Gold "California Sunrise"
Asura "Silver Trees"
Ganglians "My House"

Hagino Tiger Reid (Hostess, Japan)

Konichiwa, Somethings I remember from 2010.

Chris Chu.
Jonsi "Go".
Plum Wine.
Cycling in Tokyo.
Climbing Mount Fuji.
Jay Z at Summersonic.
The xx - just in general.
Finally getting Ariel Pink.
Pavement at Studio Coast.
Mogwai at Metamorphosis.
My first Japanese boyfriend.
Tokyo Disney Land with my x.
Eating too much Japanese Purin.
Touhachi and Kinfolk in Nakameguro.
Mount Kimbie album "Crooks and Lovers".
Weekend away at Zushi, Beach near Tokyo.
Beach House "Teen Dream" is an amazing album.
Listening to full albums and watching shows sober.
Listening to Interpol full blast on the way to Fuji Rock.
Watching Japan make it to the final 16 of the World Cup.
Feeling the powerful goth vibes from Zola Jesus "Stridulum II"
Wanting to marry gay men Perfume Genius and Owen Pallett.
Rostam of Vampire Weekend, becoming my Japanese brother.
Finishing reading my first novel in Japanese. Haruki Murakami IQ84
Witnessing two car crashes at the same place on consecutive nights.
Listening to "England" from The National's "High Violet" and feeling sad.
Feeling Homesick after watching Arcade Fire's "The Wilderness Downtown".
Japanese food, thank you Ramen, Gyoza, Yakiniku, Nabe, Sushi, Niku Jaga etc.
Watching Matador 21 online from Tokyo with Natalie Judge Matador in Las Vegas.
Lots of fun taking visiting bands to Golden Ball Takoyaki Bar and Roku
Bar in Shibuya.
Moving from London to Tokyo and working for Matador/Beggars has been
fun. Here is to 2011.

Steve Glauber, Matador Direct

Favorite Records...
Ty Segall - Melted
Intelligence - Males
Tyvek - Nothing Fits
Tame Impala - Inner Speaker
APHG - Before Today
Clinic tracks "I'm Aware," "Forever (Demis' Blues)
Idle Times - s/t
Big Boi track "Tangerine" when he goes "likelikelikelike Michael Jordan..."
Wounded Lion - s/t
Harlem - Hippies

Strange Boys - Be Brave
Prince Rama - Shadow Temple
Hackamore Brick track "Oh! Those Sweet Bananas"
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

Top Shows...
Eddy Current Suppression Ring and Pissed Jeans... Cake Shop
Pissed Jeans... Knitting Factory
Pavement... Central Park
Tim and Eric Chrimbus Spectacular... BB Theater
Yo La Tengo, Jim Gaffigan, Parting Gifts... Maxwells, Hanukkah Night #2
Ted Leo Karaoke Night... Knitting Factory
Strange Boys, Gentleman Jesse... Bowery Ballroom
Bong Kong... The Charleston
Nobunny... Knitting Factory
Paul F. Tompkins... Bell House
Ty Segall... Cake Shop
Deerhunter... Webster Hall
My Morning Jacket doing Tennessee Fire, Dungen... Terminal 5
New Pornographers twice with my dad... Terminal 5
Matador @ 21, duh

Dave Martin
, Matador Direct


Parting Gifts - Strychnine Dandelion - In the Red
Tyvek - Nothing Fits - In the Red
Wounded Lion -S/T - In the Red
Mantles - Pink Information - Mexican Summer
Beach Fossils - S/T - Captured Tracks
Eddy Current Suppression Ring - Rush To Relax - Goner
Sweet Apple - Love & Desperation - Tee Pee
Devo - Something For Everybody - Warner Brothers
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Hawk - Vanguard
Idle Times - S/T - Hozac
Endless Boogie - Full House Head - No Quarter
White Mystery - S/T - White Mystery
Nobunny - First Blood - Goner
The Young - Voyagers Of Legend - Mexican Summer
Sex Church - 6 Songs By.. - Convulsive
Intelligence - Males - In the Red
Ex-Humans - S/T - Rob's House Records
Liminanas - S/T - Trouble In Mind
Disappears - Lux - Kranky
Superchunk - Majesty Shredding - Merge
The Fall - Your Future, Our Clutter - Domino
Mount Carmel - S/T - Siltbreeze
Fabulous Diamonds - II - Siltbreeze
Cheap Time - Fantastic Explanations (And Similar Situations) - In the Red
Native Cats - Always On - Ride The Snake


Gibson Bros. - Build A Raft - Columbus Discount Records
Dynamic Truths - Understanding Is Overated - Little Black Cloud
Ron House - Blind Boy In The Back Seat - Columbus Discount Records
Mike Rep & the Quotas - Stupor Hiatus Vol. 2 - Siltbreeze
Goverment Issue - Boycott Stabb - The Complete Sessions - Dischord
Pärson Sound - 3xLP box - Subliminal Sounds
Velvet Underground - The Quine Tapes - Sundazed
Druids of Stonehenge - Creation - Sundazed
Rationals - Fan Club Album & On The Floor - Big Beat
Jimi Hendrix - West Coast Seattle Boy box - Sony
A-Frames - 3 3 3 - S-S Records
UFO - Official Bootleg Box Set 1975-1982
Dead C - Clyma Est Mort & The Dead Sea Perform Max Harris - Ba Da Bing/JagJaguwar
Tony Joe White - That On The Road Look: Live - Rhino Handmade
Aguaturbia S/T & Volumen 2 - Lion Productions
Speed Glue & Shinki - Eve & S/T - Phoenix
White Boy & the Average Rat Band - S/T - "Roach Records"
Endtables - S/T - Drag City
Kaleidoscope - S/T - Shadocks
V/A - Been Here All My Days - Mississippi


Deaf Wish - Mercy LP - Somebody please put this out in the States, or give me $ to.
Superchunk - Majesty Shredding & Live at Bowery - totalled every other '90's Alt-Geez reunion tour on the circuit this year.
TNV - forthcoming LP, blows doors
Silk Flowers - Ltd. Form - the new New Romantic
Anika - s/t - Not traditionally a Portishead supporter, but this is too good to deny.
Tyvek - Nothing Hurts - ok, maybe this is the best hardcore/punk record of the year too.

Old School Fools:

Flying Nun reissues
Finally seeing Chavez - in the back of a dive bar
Dadawah - Peace and Love reissue
Finally seeing Unrest
Royal Trux - vinyl reissues
Irmin Schmidt/Can - Kamasutra Soundtrack
Neu - Neu '86
Dischord Reissues
Ngozi Family - 45,000 Volts

Non-rock that ruled:

Meeting my girlfriend
Going to jail
Getting out of jail
Gabe Spierier and Maya Judd
Gabe and Maya's wedding
Falling in love with New York
Leaving New York
Pepe Rosso proscuitto di parma panini
Original Jamaican Jerk in Bed-Stuy
X'ian Famous Foods - Buckwheat Cold Noodles and Cumin Lamb Burger
Porto Rico Coffee - still holding it down

Goodbye, 2010. Soon Forward.

Michael Venutolo-Mantovani, Matador Direct

10. Superchunk - Majesty Shredding (Merge)
9. Belle and Sebastian - Write About Love (Matador)
8. Happy Birthday - Happy Birthday (Sub Pop)
7. Pantha du Prince - Black Noise (Rough Trade)
6. Fucked Up - Couple Tracks: Singles 2001-2009 (Matador)
5. The Parting Gifts - Strychnine Dandelion (In The Red)
4. Titus Andronicus - The Monitor (XL Recordings)
3. Dylan LeBlanc - Pauper's Field (Rough Trade)
2. Black Breath - Heavy Breathing (Southern Lord)

1. Sharon Van Etten - Epic (Ba Da Bing)

JEFF The Brotherhood - Mellow Out b/w Heavy Days (Infinity Cat)
Bruce Springsteen - Save My Love b/w Because The Night (Columbia)
Meemaw - Glass Elevator EP (Infinity Cat)
Mannequin Men - Hobby Girl b/w See/Saw (HoZac)
Kurt Vile - He's Alright (Matador)

Mosties (Old records I listened to this year more than any other):
Bill Fox - Shelter From The Smoke (Scat)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - The Jimi Hendrix Experience Box Set (Legacy/Experience Hendrix)
Chavez - Ride The Fader (Matador)
Beastie Boys - To The 5 Boroughs (Capitol)
Jay Reatard - Singles 2006-2007 (In The Red)
Drive Like Jehu - Drive Like Jehu (Cargo Music/Headhunter Records)
Otis Redding - The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads (Volt/Atco)

My Morning Jacket - Sasquatch (Seattle)
tUnE-yArDs - Bell House (Brooklyn)
Guided By Voices - Matador @ 21 (Las Vegas)
Pavement - Central Park. Which night? Pick 'em. Though the lightning storm was pretty darn special. (NYC)
Titus Andronicus - Pitchfork Festival (Chicago)
Jim James - The Beacon Theater for T-Bone Burnett's Speaking Clock Revue (NYC)
Fucked Up - Northside Festival (Brooklyn)
Kurt Vile - Knitting Factory (NYC)
Ariel Pink - Vintage Vinyl Instore (St. Louis)

The National High Violet Annex
Dylan LeBlanc Instore Tour
Ted Leo Birthday Karaoke
Watching Pavement from the stage. Never. EVER. Thought that'd happen.
Matador @ 21 - The Lost Weekend
Fucked Up covering The Sex Pistols "Bodies"
Bob Pollard before GBV's Vegas Encore - "Turn that fucking sign back on... the Club's still open." Gave me goosebumps.
Dinosaur Feathers at Sasquatch
El Guincho's Bombay: The Movie
Becoming an uncle again... Welcome to The Party, Lance Michael Hugelmeyer aka "The Hammer"

Dean Bein, True Panther Sounds

Top 10 Footlongs
Ariel Pink and Haunted Graffiti- Before Today (4AD)
Arp and Anthony Moore- Frkyws 3 (RVNG)
Autre Ne Veut- s/t (Olde English Spelling Bee)
Beach House- Teen Dream (Sub Pop)
Cinema Red + Blue s/t (What's Your Rupture?)
Gil Scott-Heron- I'm New Here (XL)
Oneohtrix Point Never- Returnal (Editions Mego)
Sade- Soldier Of Love (Sony)
V/A Shangaan Electro (Honest Jon's)
Waka Flocka Flame- Flockavelli (1017 Brick Squad )

Top 10 Singles/EP's/Mini-subs
Actress- Ghosts Have a Heaven (Honest Jon's)
Dom- Sun Bronzed Greek Gods (Burning Mill)
Dominant Legs- Young At Life and Love (Lefse)
Girl Unit- Wut (Night Slugs)
James Blake- CMYK (R&S)
Fantastic Mr. Fox- Evelyn EP (Black Acre Recordings)
Hype Williams- Do 'Roids and Kill E'rything (self-released)
Joy Orbison- The Shrew Would've Cushioned the Blow (Aus Music)
Pariah- Safehouses (R&S)


Wet Illustrated- Born Stoked 7" (Corvette City)

Patrick Amory, Matador Records

Baby Dee - A Book of Songs for Anne Marie LP (Drag City)
Arp & Anthony Moore - Vol. 3 LP (Rvng/Frkwys)

Ceremony - Rohnert Park LP (Bridge 9)
Tyvek - Nothing Fits LP (In The Red)
Ariel Pink - Before Today LP (4AD)
Young Governor - Old Hat 7" (Tough Love split with Let's Wrestle)
Emeralds - Does It Look Like I'm Here? dbl (Editions Mego)
Kris Kristofferson - Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends: The Publishing Demos (1968-72) dbl LP (Light In The Attic)
The Endtables - The Endtables 12" EP (Drag City)
T.P. Orchestre Poly Rythmo - Lincoln Center show (Sunday July 11)
The Judge's stage dive at the Fucked Up show at Red 7, SXSW (Saturday March 20)
Ceremony - Roxy (LA) show (Saturday November 13)
Ebirac - 4LPs + Box of Boricua 7"es (Numero Group)
Iron Man - The Passage CD+DVD (Shadow Kingdom)
Bullion - Say Goodbye To What 7" (One Handed)
Circle Of Ourobourus - Tree of Knowledge LP+7" (Hospital Productions)
Arturo Toscanini & the NBC Symphony Orchestra et. al. - Verdi 'Requiem' in stereo CD (Pristine Classical)

Nils Bernstein, Matador Records

Castevet - Mounds of Ash
Rolling Stones - Exile on Main Street reissue
Superchunk - Majesty Shredding
Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky
Perfume Genius - Learning
Janelle Monae - just, like, in general
The Fall - Your Future, Our Clutter
Spoon - Transference
Paul Weller - Wake Up The Nation
seeing Come at Matador At 21

Stuart Davie, Matador Records

My top 5's (which I might look back on and laugh at in a years time....)

(non Matador) Albums
Superchunk - Majesty Shredding

Maps & Atlases - Perch Patchwork
Envy - Recitation
Beach House - Teen Dream
Paul Baribeau - Unbearable

(non Matador) Gigs
Beach House @ Bush Hall
The xx @ Shepherds Bush Empire
The National @ Royal Albert Hall
Maps & Atlases @ Cargo
Factory Floor @ The Lexington
*Godspeed @ The Troxy is next week, I have high, high hopes for that too.

Records I missed/re-discoveries
Q and not U
Hot Snakes
The Little Ones
Shitty Limits
Meet Me In St Louis

TV shows
Breaking Bad
Mad Men
Curb Your Enthusiasm
30 Rock
The Inbetweeners

Matador @ 21. Highlight of the year.
Reading Festival. Reliving my youth.
Running a sub 45 minute 10k. Felt like I was dying, but lived to tell the tale.
Managing to leave the UK for the first time in nearly 7 (!) years, visiting an amazing beach and Paris of the first time.
The 'Flat 11' perfect autumn Sunday with friends.

Vegas highlights
(apparently) Playing Jose from Harlem at basketball in the Hardwood suite. Just wish I could remember it.
Mike V. 7am, Saturday morning. 'The balcony photo'.
Archers of Loaf karaoke singalong on the last night
Esben failing at gambling, winning at free beers.
High on sugar and beer, low on sleep, jumping around to Piebald in my room at about 9 am on Saturday all alone.

Vegas lo-lights
Waking up with a monumental hangover to a series of messages from an (increasingly frustrated) Nils. Sorry Nils.
Nearly being sick on Esben and the Witch. Sorry Esben.
Meeting Ted Leo, not remembering we'd (apparently) been talking for quite a while for the night before. Sorry Ted.
Throwing Claire in a bath, fully clothed. Sorry Claire (I still blame Robby).
Having my first american burrito from Taco Bell (actually about 1am, stuck in Virginia on the way home). Worst burrito ever.

Natalie Judge
, Matador Records

5 things, thought about in 5 minutes, that happened this year, which were pretty good.

VEGAS (Pretty sure everyone is going to write this) I finally got to see Chavez and GBV.
5 Weddings in one year - I have them down to a fine art now. Special mention goes to Gabe - my first wedding off UK soil.
Watching Pavement play The Hexx at Brixton Academy.
Sonar with Delorean - Taking a flight with Alex Pasternak of Lemonade DJing at the front -
Smittys. This should be in my list every year.

Robby Morris, Matador Records

alphabetically: bonnie prince billy & the cairo gang, ceremony, emeralds/mark mcguire, endless boogie, masayoshi fujita & jan jelinek, liars, lower dens, john roberts, ty segall, superchunk, the young

Natalie Noyes, Matador Records

TOP 10 ALBUMS 2010
1. The National - High Violet (4AD)
2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs (Merge)

3. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Def Jam)
4. Scissor Sisters - Night Work (Polydor)
5. Belle and Sebastian - Write About Love (Matador)
6.  Diamond Rings - Special Affections (Secret City)
7. Tame Impala - Innerspeaker (Modular)
8. Delorean - Subiza (True Panther)
9. Interpol - s/t (Matador)
10. Gil Scott-Heron - I'm New Here (XL Recordings)

1. Matador at 21 - The Palms, Las Vegas NV (10/01/10 - 10/03/10)
2. Arcade Fire - Madison Square Garden, NYC (08/05/10)
3. Kanye West - Bowery Ballroom, NYC (11/23/10)
4. The National - BAM Opera House, Brooklyn (05/15/10)
5. Peter Hook & The Light perform "Unknown Pleasures" - Webster Hall, NYC (12/03/10)
6. The National / Yo La Tengo - Maxwell's, Hoboken NJ (12/08/10)
7. Lady Gaga - TD Banknorth Garden, Boston MA (07/02/10)
8. LCD Soundsystem - Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn (04/08/10)
9. Interpol - Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn (09/10/10)
10. Mumford & Sons - Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn (05/17/10)

*Honorable Mention - Live Shows*
Mayer Hawthorne & The Country / Gordon Voidwell - Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn (10/18/10)
Jonsi - Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC (11/10/10)
Ninjasonik / The Death Set / Cerebral Ballzy / Unstoppable Death Machines / Team Robespierre - Pianos, NYC (04/20/10)
Diamond Rings - Mercury Lounge, NYC (12/06/10)
City Riots / Boy & Bear - Mercury Lounge, NYC (11/08/10)

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records

bigger records (in diameter)
Tyvek - Nothing Fits (In The Red)
The Young - Voyagers Of Legend (Mexican Summer)
Bare Wires - Seeking Love (South Paw)
John Wesley Coleman - Bad Lady Goes To Jail (Goner)

Bottomless Pit - Blood Under The Bridge  (Comedy Minus One)
Running - s/t  LP  (Permanent)
Circle Pit - Bruise Constellation (Siltbreeze)
Total Abuse - Mutt  (P.P.M.)
James Arthur's Manhunt -s/t (Arraght)
Dikes Of Holland - s/t   (Sundae)
Wounded Lion  s/t  LP (In The Red) and "Pointed Sticks" 7" (Trouble In Mind)
Drunkdriver - 'Self-Titled LP'
Black Bug - s/t  (FDH)
Deskonocidos - En La Oscuridad LP (Todo Destrucdio / Trabuc)
Phantom Payn Days - s/t LP (De Stijl)
Ex-Humans-s/t (Rob's House)
Endless Boogie - Full House Head (No Quarter)

smaller records (in diameter)
Cruddy - "Berlin Wall" / "Running Rats" 7" (Let's Pretend)
Mind Spiders - World Destroyed 7" (Dirtnap)
A Giant Dog - "The Grand" (Sundae)

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Boomgates - "Bright Idea" (RIP Society)

archival works :
Ozzie - The Parabolic Rock (S-S)
Crushed Butler  - Uncrushed  (Radio Heartbeat)
Les Rallizes Denudes - Heavier Than A Death In The Family / Blind Baby Has It's Mother's Eyes LP's (Phoenix)
Jesu - Heartache & Dethroned (Hydra Head)

live :

Lamps (Portland, August, Memphis, September)
Louis C.K. (Paramount Theatre, Austin, November)
Drunkdriver,   (Austin, March)
Wounded Lion (Los Angeles, April)
Ty Segall, (Emo's, Austin, July)
Cum Stain, (Austin, July, Portland, August)
The Muffs (Austin, March)
Wire (Barcelona, May)
Retribution Gospel Choir (Austin, February)
The Marked Men (Denton, June)
Eddy Current Suppression Ring (Austin, June)
OBN III's / A Giant Dog / Flesh Lights (too many times...or perhaps not nearly enough, Austin, throughout 2010)
Cloud Nothings (Chicago, July)
Grinderman (Memphis, November)

Wish You Were Here :  Jay Reatard, Billy Ruane

Interpol - They'll Be Seeing You In The Parking Lot

Next Tuesday, September 7 Interpol will be playing an exclusive event in the parking lot of Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd.) to kick off the release of their new self-titled album which drops that day.

Pre-order now or buy the album on 9/7 at any of the stores listed below* to receive a guaranteed-entry wristband to the event while supplies last.

*If you preorder the album online via the Matador Store, simply put "LA OUTSTORE" in the comments section to receive guaranteed entry while supplies last. Our guaranteed entry list is now full.

What they're up to: Kathryn Calder, Mogwai, Dead Meadow, Matmos

Even though we'd been convinced that all that slaving away at the myriad marketing gimmicks, "promo opportunities" and general suffering we put bands through would leave us with some very exhausted talent, it turns out that these guys just can't stop doing thangs... read on to see what some of our beloved have been up to.

Though she's on tour with the New Pornographers, as we speak, Kathryn Calder just put the finishing touches on her new solo record.  On August 11 the world'll be treated to 'Are You My Mother?' which features an all-star band featuring Neko, Kurt and Todd from The New Pornographers and a handful of other Canadian musical luminaries. Check File Under: Music for more info.

Mogwai will be releasing the pretty stunning looking live LP entitled, 'Special Moves' to coincide with the release of their first live film 'Burning', which was filmed in Brooklyn during the band's tour in support of 'The Hawk Is Howling' in April of 2009. Check Mogwai's site for info on ordering the record and where you can catch screenings of 'Burning'.

Dead Meadow shot by 3mmet

Following the release of their live-film, Dead Meadow released their second live album 'Three Kings' and soundtrack to aforementioned film, on the Xemu label in April.

Matmos and So Percussion shot by maggiemoo1

Matmos' Drew Daniel and Martin Schmitt have teamed up with So Percussion on a collaboration entitled 'Treasure State' -- expect to have your mind twisted on July 8. Cantaloupe Records sez: "The record had a complex gestation period: at the invitation of Brett Allen, the members of Matmos and So Percussion went to the SnowGhost Studios in Whitefish, Montana-- the Treasure State which gives the album its title-- and collaboratively generated the bulk of the songs. San Francisco plunderphonicist Wobbly then chopped and edited the results on several tracks, and finally, with frequent interventions from Matmos' M. C. Schmidt, "fifth" So Percussion member and producer Lawson White overdubbed extra elements, processed, and mixed the results." There's a handful of live dates, to boot!

The 50 greatest samples of all time...

In this fascinating Complex article, DJs Kon and Amir list the 50 greatest samples of all time, with sound files of the originals and of their uses. Ranging from David Axelrod to the Honeydrippers, from Busta Rhymes to Public Enemy, the article feels topical now that Matador is releasing hip hop again.

The Decade Can't End Soon Enough (Unless You're Having Fun) - Matador Artists, Staff And Associates Remember 2009 (Before It's Done)


(sure, we're allowed to have an annual holiday party, but who's supposed to pay for the cleanup?)

Once upon a time --- when the bulk of our internet activity was longer than 140 characters --- the Matador website feature periodic news updates (almost all of 'em brutally late in arrival), along with an informal selection of staff and roster listening favorites. Said feature fell by the wayside when we made the fateful transition to the Matablog some 3 1/2 years ago. But fuck it, it's the holiday season, and what better way to embrace the spirit of sharing than with a ferocious onslaught of grandstanding, oneupmanship and elitist self-fellatio?

But enough about our plans for Matador's 21st Anniversary celebrations.  Without further Freddy Adu, here's an impressive array of '09/decade favorite records, events & things from some of your most beloved Matador artists and the people who enable them. Dig in, after the jump :

O Memorable 2009!

By Jonathan Meiburg, Shearwater

- “Anio No Mba Hisoko” by Mme. Ravao & Rajoro
-“Kemayoran” by Grup Bamba Pruang
- Three young Loggerhead Shrikes, nearly fledged, Guerrero Park, Austin
- Sound of feral cats tearing down my screen door
- The Tahitian Choir II: Rapa Iti (Shanachie)
- A startled family of skunks (mom & kittens), Tornillo TX
- Tarantula Hawks (Pepsis sp.), Tornillo
- Neumann M49 microphones and 80-series Neve consoles (Tornillo and Austin)
- Laphroaig single malt
- Jackrabbit and Peregrine Falcon, Mariscal mercury mine (abandoned),TX
-Acorn Woodpeckers – Chisos Mountains, TX
- Imperial Woodpecker, stuffed and mounted - Rare Bird/Type Specimen room, American Mus. of Natural History
- Saw the bones of a bird I collected years ago in the Falklands in a little box in a cabinet in the basement of the AMNH, awaiting the distant future


-“Why Baby Why” by George Jones
- “Dambala” by Exuma
- Long-distance conversations with Mark Ohe (in Germany) and Frank Longo (in a trailer on a mountain in VA)
- Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick, rising to the task again and again
- David Thomas Broughton at End of the Road Fest, Dorset UK
- Bought the last of the surplus Enron First Class Mail envelopes from Topps Office Supply, 5th Street, Austin
- Bach Sinfonia #9 in F Minor (BMW 795), as played by Glenn Gould (if you’re speeding) and by Tatiana Nikolaieva (if you’re crashing)
- Film: The Alchemist, by Bruno Monsaingeon
- Woke up with a body temperature of 105
- Found out my hearing hasn’t suffered as much as I thought
- Marshall 195 1x12 cabinet + 1963 Fender Princeton
-“Devotional Number One” by Roky Erickson
-“Apparently They Were Traveling Abroad” by Roger Waters
- Early frost killed the lavender, and the yellowbells.
- But the almond verbena was fine.

Kurt Dahle, The New Pornographers
Best of list for 2009

KURT VILE- Childish Prodigy

What can I say I don't get out much anymore, but I sure like this record... alot.

Brian Case, The Ponys

The Horrors - Primary Colors (XL)
Times New Viking - Born Again (Matador)
Kurt Vile - Childish Prodigy (Matador)
XX - XX (Young Turks)
Beak> - Beak> (Ipecac)
Nudge - As Good As Gone (Kranky)
Niesennmondi - Destination Tokyo (Small Town Supersound)
Strange Boys - And Girls Club (In The Red)
Jimi Tenor & Tony Allen - Inspiration Information 4 (Strut / !K7)
Girls - Album (True Panther Sounds)
Woven Bones - Midas Touch EP (Zoo Music)

James McNew, Yo La Tengo

Top 14 things listened to and/or looked at in/ from 2009

1. The Best Show on WFMU


2. "Delocated"
3. "Move To California," Times New Viking
4. Achewood
5. Yura Yura Teikoku live gigs
6. Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone, Thin Air LP
7. "Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job"
8. Oneida, Rated O LP
9. Box Elders, Alice and Friends LP
10. Reigning Sound, Love and Curses LP
11. Why?, Eskimo Snow LP
12. Tortoise, Beacons of Ancestorship LP
13. The 13th Floor Elevators box set
14. "Steven Seagal: Lawman"

Cold Cave :

Jim Carroll

Ted Leo
Best of 2009 as of 12/15/09

JEFF: The Brotherhood live and on record in August
St. Vincent - live and on record in May
Battlestar Galactica finale in March
Hiking in Muir Woods redwoods, California in November
Learning to cook pasta like risotto in November
Us in the studio making a new record in August and September
Hard Skin in Brighton last night (12/14/09)
Finally being in a band that's on the same page enough to agree to covering Samhain in December
Early morning artcic walks on desolate beach in Rhode Island in January and February

Stuart Braithwaite, Mogwai

1 Four Tet/Burial - Moth (12")


2 Raekwon - OBFCL2 lp
3 Bill Callahan - Sometimes I wish we were an Eagle lp
4 Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport lp
5 Batman and Robin - comic
6 Twilight Sad - Forget the night ahead lp
7 Missisipi Records - ENTIRE OUTPUT!!!!!!!!!!
8 Arkham Asylum - PS3 game
9 Sunn - Monoliths and Dimensions lp
10 Lil Wayne - No Ceilings mixtape

Damian Abraham, Fucked Up
Coolest things of 2009

10) Reading on the Internet that I had gotten a job with Fox News
Even though it was 100% not true it was still funny to read about.
9) Playing in Serbia with Korn.
Any where else it the world and this would have been lame but because vit was in Serbia it was ill.
8) Kevin Shields hooking Sandy up with weed.
There are certain moments in that you could never imagine happening until you see it unfold.
7) Playing Glastonbury.
Sure we played at something stupid like 2pm on a friday but it was still one of the craziest shows we have ever played.
6) Finishing the the "Feed The World" cover.
It was touch and go for the entire process but thanks to the help of people on the record, Jon Drew, Matador and itunes it came to be... so buy it so we can give the organizations involved more money! (yes, that was a shameless plug)
5) Jeffrey Wright moshing during our Chemistry Of Common Life show.
Although I did not see this to confirm it, even if it didn't happen it is still funny to picture in your head.
4) Winning the Polaris
I still can't believe this happened but it did and Metric is bummed.
3) Being dissed by Thurston Moore
At ATP during a "Soft Focus" interview Thurston described Fucked Up as "dude-core" and while that is a super lame thing to say at least knows who we are!... kinda.
2) Touring China.
We snuck in via boat and toured for two weeks. It the most exciting tour we have ever done.
1) The Birth Of Holden
My wife and I became parents.

Peter Prescott, Mission Of Burma

in no particular order and not all music either...........fucked up-the chemistry of common living and 2 live shows i had the pure pleasure of seeing.........the coen bros.-a serious man...........explode into colors live.............. the joys of watching fellow old farts at play: jesus lizard at austin's funfunfun fest,the feelies opening for sonic youth in boston, faust in kentucky [i know,i know the kids have had it with this reunion shit and i sympathize,really,i do,so just make music better than these bands and i promise to shut the fuck up]...........this season's dexter....................erase errata live.....................reason's to watch the television at all:colbert and stewart..............pavement converse, live....................the end

Jared Phillips, Times New Viking

1. earles & jensen
'just farr the record' lp
2. times new viking
'born again revisited' lp
3. axemen
'scary' dbl. lp
4. text messaging (new for me)
5. moonshine
6. times new viking
'move to california' 7"

Jose Boyer, Harlem
Top Ten Dreamiest Buzz Band Ladies of '09
in no particular order...
Annie of St. Vincent
Vivian Girls (3)
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Pearl Harbor (both)
Natasha of Bat For Lashes
The girl from Beach House
Missy of the Love Language

Dean Bein, True Panther Sounds

Between losing a planner, having my computer stolen, and just generally having a poor memory these are the releases that stuck out this year. Thank god I can't lose my twitter page because then I'd truly be navigating the past blindly.

Cass McCombs- Catacombs
Omar Souleyman- Dabke 2020
Death- …For the world to see
Mt Kimbie- Maybes
Kurt Vile- Childish Prodigy
Spiritualized live at Primavera Sound
Joy Orbison- Hyph Mngo
Real Estate- Real Estate
Smith Westerns - Smith Westerns
Phoenix- Wolfgang Amedeus Phoenix
Julianna Barwick- Florine
Delorean- Ayrton Senna
Liturgy- Renihilation
Nguzunguzu/Kingdom/Guido/Joy Orbison Floating Points 12"s and mixes
A Orillas Del Magdalena- Coastal Cubias From Colombia's Discos Fuentes
Telepathe- Dance Mother

Honorable mentions: Dominant Legs, Kyle Hall, Micachu, Young Prisms, Bullion, Pearl Harbour, The Ballet

Looking forward to in '10: SADE, Light Asylum, Magic Kids, Joker, Salem, Starring, new Lemonade and Glasser albums and countless exciting TPS-singles. A few exciting secrets too!

Natalie Judge, Matador Records

Highs of 2009:
Don Draper
The return of The Jesus Lizard
Spiritualized at The Royal Festival Hall performing 'Ladies and Gentleman...'
Synth Britannia on BBC4
Dirty 3 with Nick Cave play in a hotel room at ATP NYC
Burberry sample sale


Pissed Jeans - King of Jeans
Sonic Youth at The Scala, London
Beggars Boat Race - 22miles down The Thames
Dotori Sushi, Finsbury Park

Lows of 2009:
Eating Andouillette for the first and last time.

Kevin Bodenheimer, Matador Records
My Ten favorite non-Beggars Group releases of 2009

Amesoeurs - Amesoeurs
Prurient - Rose Pillar
Joshua Emery Blatchley - VDSQ Solo Acoustic Vol. 1
Peste Noire - Ballade Cuntre Lo Anemi Francor
Cold Cave - Cremations
Lil Wayne - No Ceilings
Cult Ritual - Cult Ritual
Theophilus London - This Charming Mixtape
Real Estate - Real Estate
Washed Out - Life of Leisure

Ten Best Meals I ate in 2009:
Porchini Mushroom Ravioli - Il Mulino (Manhattan)
Boiled Pork & Chive Dumplings with Peking Duck Sesame Pancake - Vanessa's Dumplings (Manhattan)
Greek Schnitzel Sandwich - Schnitzi Schnitzel Bar (Brooklyn)
Deep Dish Pizza -  Giordano's (Chicago)
Italian Combo - Lange's Deli - (Scarsdale)
Swedish Meatballs - Aquavit (Manhattan)
Sweet & Pungent Pork - Hop Kee (Mahhattan)
Gui Zhou Spicy Chicken - Grand Sichuan St. Marks (Manhattan)
Beef French Dip Sandwich  - Phillipe's (Los Angeles)

Adam Bohl, Matador Direct
12 things that just popped in my head that I liked this year

Woods - Songs of Shame LP
Intelligence - Fake Surfers/Crepuscule With Pacman LPs
Bassholes - ...and Without a Name LP


Young Governor - Virginia Creeper 7"
Hunx - Gay Singles LP
Circulatory System - Signal Morning LP
Zero Boys - History Of...LP
TV Ghost - Cold Fish LP
Ryan Pitts and the Boy Toys 7"
Fresh & Onlys - Grey Eyed Girl/Self Titled LPs and Bomb Wombs CS
Reigning Sound - Love & Curses LP
Almost all of the Columbus Discount Singles club (almost none of Sub Pop's)

Adam Farrell, Beggars Group

Top Albums
Thee Oh Sees - Help (In The Red)
Superchunk - Leaves in the Gutter EP (Merge)
Zion I - The Take Over (Gold Dust)
Abner Jay - True Story of Abner Jay (Mississippi Records)
Big Business - Mind The Drift (Hydra Head)
Sonny Smith and the Sunsets - Tomorrow Is Alright (Soft Abuse)
Clipse - Re-Up Gang (Got Snow Fall 2K9 Edition) Bootleg (
Monolake - Silence EP (imbalance computer music)
Death - ...For The Whole World To See (Drag City)
Drake - So Far 8 Bar'd (

Top Work Rock Moments

The Bro'd Trip(s) (props to Mike V, the #1 shotgun rider in sales)
Andy Falkous' touching opus on leaked albums
Colbert grabbing a couple verses on "This Year" in front of a studio audience
Getting to write a marketing plan for Sonic Youth (and not having them puke all over it)
Touching the Doolittle 1/2 tape demos and all other bounty at the Beggars Archive

Jeremy P. Goldstein, Beggars Group

Top-10 rekkids of 2009
1. The Big Pink - A Brief History Of Love - 4AD. MBV meets OMD? A male-fronted Curve? Either way, two great tastes that taste great together. Bring on the shoegaze revival!
2. Prodigy - Invaders Must Die - Cooking Vinyl. No one heard this record, really, but if this had been the follow-up to Fat Of The Land, I'd guess platinum status a few times over.
3. The xx - xx - XL Recordings. Truly amazing debut. Reminds me of Massive Attack.
4. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Slumberland. The great Slumberland label is resuscitated and issues excellent POPBAH record.
5. The Rifles - The Great Escape - Nettwerk. Supergrass for 2009? Works for me.
6. The Horrors - Primary Colours - XL Recordings. Talk about pulling a 180. Record is completely different than their debut and their newfound shoegaze attack won me over in a big way.
7. A Place To Bury Strangers -Exploding Head - Mute. I guess I'm really into the nu-skool shoegaze movement. Can you blame me?
8. Idlewild - Post Electric Blues - Cooking Vinyl. They pretty much just can't do anything wrong it my eyes. This album was a grower
9. Doves - Kingdom Of Rust - Astralwerks. A long-awaited eturn to form from Manc dreampop merchants.
10. Julian Plenti - Julian Plenti is...Skyscraper - Matador. Interpol side project? I don't care what you call it, Paul KILLED IT on this record.

Top-10 things that weren't rekkids.
1. Intelligentsia coffee, Chicago. As of right now, best espresso in US.
2. Manchester United winning their third title running. Losing Ronaldo and losing the Champions League final, not as awesome.
3. Blue Bottle coffee, San Francisco. SO CLOSE, but second. I think.
4. Academy of Sciences, San Francisco. This shit is so next level. Amazing stuff.
5. Moto, Chicago. One of the five most incredible meals of my life. Must be seen and tasted to be believed.
6. The architecture of downtown Chicago. Spent a fair amount of time there this year and between the Wrigley, Tribune and other downtown buildings: wow: mind-blowing craftsmanship.
7. Margherita pizza at Keste, NYC. In theory, the best pie in the 212. I vote yes.
8. The Big Island. Haven't been yet, but will be there in two weeks. Expecting lava fields to rank in my yearly top-10.
9. Stumptown coffee, Portland. These three coffee purveyors are providing far and above the expected. Destination coffee, for sure.
10. The wife. When you find The One, you gotta give her multiple shoutouts, right? Cornerstone of my life, awesome chef, and sidekick extraordinaire. And the fact that's she's hot doesn't hurt, does it?

Catherine Herrick, Beggars Group

-  Getting the first stamp on my passport (!) and finally putting faces to the names of the lovely people at 17-19 Alma Road, One Codrington Mews and 66 Golborne Rd, and being warmly welcomed and taken care of by said people.
- Pastries in London.  A flapjack from The Pantry, and an apple danish-type thing in the lobby of The K-West.  Never been much of a pastry person, I just grabbed both hastily out of hunger without thinking either choice would be particularly appetizing until I took a bite.  Face was subsequently MELTED-OFF in both cases.
- Jarvis Cocker at The Village Underground.  I border on being a psycho fan, so this is a no-brainer to anyone who knows me.
-  The Big Pink and Muse at The 02 Arena.  Due to poor travel planning, Gabe and I got there just in time for "Dominos" (doh!) and got laughed at by everyone at 4AD.  Then came Muse.  Never really listened to them before, but it was refreshing to see such unabashed fist-pumping arena rock.
-  Jay Reatard at Underworld.  First time seeing Jay with the new band members.  They KILLED IT.
-  Atlas Sound at Cargo.  Both Bradford Cox and Sian Alice Group played great sets, and I ran into The Early Years, love those guys!
- Spilling my beer all over Richard Onslow.  It was an accident, and I did feel BAD about it, but... he's just so well dressed, it was KIND OF perfect.
- Being swarmed by a gang of drunken Brits decked out in Ponchos and Sombrero hats whilst ordering Margaritas for myself and Lucy Hurst.
- Some things just straddle the fine line between awesome and terrifying.  Did I really dance like this in front of people at Milo's Birthday party???  Was definitely singing along to this at top volume, and it wasn't at a karaoke bar!  Oh boy.
-Patrick Johnson's controversial hat.  My birthday is coming up.  Just sayin'

New York
10 notable show-nights in order of date
4/16 Throbbing Gristle at The Brooklyn Masonic Temple.
6/??? Sharon Van Etten (it was the weekend of Bushwick Open Studios, not sure of the exact date) in a loft in Bushwick.
7/4 Kurt Vile + Violators at Woodsist Festival (outside of Market Hotel).
7/29 Jarvis Cocker at Music Hall Of Williamsburg.
9/5 tUnE-yArDs at Music Hall Of Williamsburg.
9/26 the long awaited live debut of Courtier at Matchless followed by **** two acts whose names I don't know at Mighty Robot.  If you were there can you PLEASE let me know who they were/are!???
10/16 The Horrors at Music Hall Of Williamsburg.

Hooray for Earth 2008 1

10/20 (more like 2:00am on 10/21, eep!) Hooray For Earth at Crash Mansion during CMJ.
10/23 Cold Cave at the Matador/True Panther CMJ Party at the Flamboyan Theater.
11/20 Bear In Heaven at Zebulon.

Jeremy Kirkland, Beggars Group

10. papercuts-you can have what you want
9. animal collective-merriweather post pavilion
8 girls-album
7. the horrors-primary colours
6. the mountain goats-life of the world to come
5. the xx-the xx
4. wild beasts-two dancers
3. phoenix-wolfgang amadeus phoenix
2. yo la tengo-popular songs
1. foreign born-person to person

mountain goats @ webster hall
sonic youth @ terminal 5
phoenix @ summerstage

best 7"
rainbow bridge 7"

the hangover
inglourious basterds

Steve Knutson, Rough Trade Records

1. Alela Diane "To Be Still"
2. King Midas Sound "Waiting For You"


3. Kevin Drumm "Imperial Distortion"
4. Broadcast & The Focus Group "Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age"
5. Sound System International - King Tubby All-Stars
5. Animal Collective "Merriweather Post Pavilion"
6. Peste Noire "Ballade cuntre lo Anemi francor"
7. Lambchop "Live at XX Merge"
8. Cold Cave "Love Comes Close"
9. Grizzly Bear "Veckatimest"
10. Headless Heroes "The Silence Of Love"
11. Dirty Projectors "Bitte Orca"
13. Pere Ubu "Long Live Pere Ubu!"
14. Ancestors "II"
15. Micachu "Jewellery"

Annette Lee, 4AD

Things I've enjoyed this year (in no particular order and off the top of my head):
Efterklang @ Barbican, London
X Factor
Sushi of Shiori, London
All three ATP festivals. The hangovers afterwards were totally worth it.
Moving to a house with Sky+ and an enormous TV. End of my social life as I know it.
The entirety of SXSW
Charlie Brooker's Twitter updates
The entirety of Primavera Sound
Vodka - many varieties
Finding the rabbit hole at Glastonbury festival
Red wine
Blue steak
Deerhunter @ Scala, London
Malcolm Tucker (The Thick Of It)

Hector Montes, Beggars Group
Alphabetical (or Chronological) Lists of Favorites, 2009

John Adams - Doctor Atomic Symphony/Guide to Strange Places (Nonesuch)
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)
Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle (Drag City)
Dinosaur Jr - Farm (Jagjaguwar)
Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca (Domino)
The Flaming Lips - Embryonic (Warner Bros.)


Ben Frost - By The Throat (Bedroom Community)
Girls - Album (True Panther Sounds)
HEALTH - Get Color (Lovepump United)
The Horrors - Primary Colors (XL)
Mission of Burma - The Sound The Speed The Light (Matador)
Nomo - Invisible Cities (Ubiquity)
Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote)
Pissed Jeans - King of Jeans (Sub Pop)
Rusted Shut - Dead (Load)
Sonic Youth - The Eternal (Matador)
Sunn O))) - Monoliths & Dimensions (Southern Lord)
The Veils - Sun Gangs (Rough Trade)
Kurt Vile - Childish Prodigy (Matador)
The xx - xx (XL)

Abe Vigoda - Reviver (Post Present Medium)
Cold Cave - Death Comes Close 12" (Matador)
Deradoorian - Mind Raft EP (Lovepump United)
The Horrors - "Whole New Way" 7" (XL)
Mayyors - Deads 12"
Nodzzz - "True To Life" 7" (What's Your Rupture?)
Pantha du Prince - "The Splendour" 12" (Rough Trade)
Superchunk - "Crossed Wires" 7" (Merge)
Talbot Tagora's side of the Abstract Distractions split EP (OlFactory)
Twin Stumps - Twin Stumps EP
Vampire Weekend - "Cousins" 7" (XL)
Young Governor - "Virginia Creeper" 7" & Hidden Love EP

Mulatu Astatke - New York-Addis-London: The Story of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975 (Strut)
Comet Gain - Broken Record Prayers (What's Your Rupture?)
The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms / The Good Earth (Bar None)
The Jesus Lizard - Pure / Head / Goat / Liar / Down (Touch & Go)
Red Red Meat - Bunny Gets Paid (Sub Pop)
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses (Legacy)
The Vaselines - Enter The Vaselines (Sub Pop)

books (read in 2009, not necessarily released in 2009):
Roberto Bolano, 2666
Dan Chaon, Await Your Reply
Drew Gilpin Faust, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War
Sam Harris, The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason
Jason, Low Moon
Michael Kupperman, Tales Designed to Thrizzle: Volume 1
Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Charles Stross, Wireless

Twitter feeds:
bellinitheband (Bellini, the band)
hodgman (writer/expert Jon Hodgman)
MataWarehouse (the Matador Warehouse)
MKupperman (cartoonist Michael Kupperman)
OGOchoCinco (Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco)
scharpling (radio personality Tom Scharpling)
THE_REAL_SHAQ (the real Shaq)
tonymillionaire (cartoonist Tony Millionaire)
truepanther (Dean Bein of True Panther Sounds)
warrenellis (the English writer, not the Australian musician)

- Not having to go to court after getting a summons for "blocking the sidewalk' while attempting to leave an Oh Sees show at Glasslands (7/2)
- Catching myself before I fell all the way off a 4th-story fire escape (7/11)
- Accidentally breaking into someone's unlocked cabin, thinking it was the one we'd rented for ATP New York, and being greeted by multiple pieces of evidence that the (thankfully absent) owner of said cabin owned guns and knew how to use them (9/11)
- Seeing The Jesus Lizard three times in 2009 (9/11, 10/31, 11/16)
- Receiving a Kindle for my birthday (9/29)
- Mike Venutolo-Mantovani ordering 40 shots of whiskey at the Beggars Group CMJ party (10/22)
- WFMU station manager Ken Freedman, drunk out of his mind on live radio (and in front of a live audience) at the UCB Theatre for Seven Second Delay (12/2)
- The following text from my fiancee after Alabama annihilated Florida to win the SEC Championship: "Game over. Tebow crying. Awesome" (12/5)
- The Fisticup (, a gift from my Secret Santa (12/10)

Steve Glauber, Matador Direct
Favorite releases from the decade-clincher: 2009

Fiery Furnaces – I’m Going Away LP
Ganglians – Monster Head Room LP
Girls – “Hellhole Ratrace”, “Lust for Life”
Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion LP

Strange Boys - …And Girls Club LP
Sonic Youth – “What We Know”
Ty Segall – Lemons LP
Condo Fucks – Fuckbook LP
Ted Leo – “The Back Seat of My Car” from Tom Scharpling’s RAM tribute album, DOG
Intelligence – Fake Surfers LP
Raekwon ft. Inspectah Deck & Masta Killa – “Kiss the Ring”
Thee Oh Sees – Help LP
Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca LP
Atlas Sound ft. Panda Bear – “Walkabout”
Beyonce – “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)”

Matt Harmon, Beggars Group

T.A.S.K. - Relaxing Time is Over LP (Heart Worm) - First album from this Berlin group with members of the Stuttgart collective Metabolismus.
Polvo - In Prism 2XLP (Merge) - It really is a triumphant return though it took me two to three listens to fully embrace it. Grab the double LP which comes with fantastic Independent Project Press gatefold jacket and on heavy weight vinyl.
Sun Araw - Heavy Deeds 12" (NNF) - Heavy Deeds, indeed.
Predator Vision/Sun Araw split 12" (NNF) - This was the first SA-related release I bought...  "Hey, Mandala" yeah.
Samara Lubelski - Future Slip (Ecstatic Peace) -  Love everything she does but this one considerably ups the game. Co-produced by Thurston Moore.
Girls - Hellhole Ratrace 10" (Fantasy Trashcan / True Panther) - The tune that started it all. This song and the b-side make up a near perfect bite-sized nugget.
Sic Alps - A Long Way Around to a Shortcut 2XLP (Drag City) - You reissue it, I get to list it again.
Woods - Songs of Shame LP (Woodist) - Yes, I am on the bandwagon for this one, but still waiting on the next Menaguar album.
Graham Lambkin - Softly Softly Copy Copy CD (Kye) - microphone abuse, field recordings, violin drone .... makes me miss The Shadow Ring even more than I already do.
Infinity Window - Artifical Midnight LP (Arbor) - Heavy drones. "Sheet of Face" is the jam that you want to hear.


Amen Dunes "DIA" CD (Locust) - Reverb-drenched psych gem.
Tony Conrad///Genesis Breyer P-Orridge - Taking Issue LP (Dais) - Violin vs. violin. Living legends live at Issue Project Room.
Yo Gabba Gabba - Music is Awesome CD (Filter) - All I know is that show is trippy as hell, involves Biz Markie and this album keeps my son busy for 40 minutes in a row.

Live experience of the year
Soldiers Of Fortune @ Bell House 9/24/09 - scorching 21-minute version of "Wooly Bully" featuring the triple guitar threat of Pat Sullivan, Bruno Merrick and Mike Bones plus Brad Truax, Kid Million & Barry London.

Art books
"Paris 48 2 29E" by Ami Sioux (OFR) - US ex-pat musician/photographer who has friends draw a map to a favorite place which she follows and then takes a photo of. Sounds weird but very personal and affecting. Follows 2008's Reykjavik 64 08N21 54W.
"Matthew's Ghost Houses Long Gone" drawn by Nigel Peake (Nigel Peake) - Second year in a row that I've included a book from Scottish artist Nigel Peake. I can get  enough of his incredible ink line drawings, subtle watercolor work and astute observations of the world around him.
Rokuro Taniuchi "Works" - I made this title up because all the text is in japanese but incredible overview of the work from this illustrator of weird, creepy and quite surreal kids books, murals, television shows  and more. Only available from and costs about $35 in shipping alone, but well worth it.

which reminds me ... - my favorite site for book art, cover designs, illustrations and downright incredible images. Turned me on to Taniuchi earlier this year.

Lisa Gottheil, Beggars Group
In no order:

1.  The xx -- fun since August!
2.  Getting to meet and work with Jarvis Cocker. Swoon  Oh.  I checked 08 list and I guess I met him last year.  Re-meeting Jarvis and continuing to swoon.
3.  Having a 2 1/2 year old - she cracks me up
4. In December discovered the show "The League" .  Other TV that filled my time :  Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Yo Gabba Gabba (see #3)
5.  Having a 'hockey boyfriend"
6.  Having a real boyfriend/baby daddy
7.  "Dominos'
8.  Rediscovering my love for select festivals and the fun that comes with the artist pass
9.  First snowfall upstate
10.  Swimming in the lake in the summer
11.  The Ham/Swiss/Pickle sandwich at the deli on the SW corner from our office
12.  My continued adoration for "Gossip Girl" and Nate
13.  My gym opened a branch 2 blocks from home.   Yes, very sad this is part of my list
14.  Jawbox on Fallon
15.  NOFX's "My Orphan Year'  Sad song
16.  Seamless Web and I became very good friends

Jonathan Lang, Beggars Group

Yo La Tengo - Roseland Ballroom
St. Vincent - 92Y Tribeca
The Horrors & NIN - Bowery Ballroom
Real Estate & Titus Andronicus @ The Whitney

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion + Fall Be Kind EP
St. Vincent - Actor
Girls - Album
Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms
The XX- XX
Real Estate - S/T
Washed Out - Life of Leisure EP

St. Vincent - Marrow
The XX - Crystalized
Real Estate - Fake Blues
A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Close Chorus
Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
Animal Collective - My Girls, Why Would I Want? Sky
Julian Casablancas - 11th Dimension
Yo La Tengo - And The Glitter Is Gone
Washed Out - You'll See It

Modern Family (ABC)
True Blood: Season 2(HBO)
Lost: Season 5(ABC)
Dexter: Season 4 (SHO)
Battlestar Galactica: Season 4 (SyFy)

Heather MacIntyre, Beggars Group
with gerard's permission, instead of living in the past, i've decided to write about thing's im looking forward to in 2010:

- Magnetic Fields - Realism (Nonesuch)
- Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti 2010 project, (4AD)
- Harlem - Hippies (Matador),
- Cloud Nothings - Untitled 12" (Group Tightener),
- The Depreciation Guild - Spirit Youth  LP (Kanine),
- The Super Vacations - Thank You  LP (Shdwply),
- Four Tet - There Is Love In You  (Domino),
- Jonsi 2010 LP (XL Recordings),
and most/finally: Serena-Maneesh S-M #2  LP (4AD)

MORE "B" THINGS: bike-rides, bbq, brevity, bourbon, believing, bonfires, bartering, beats, bravery, baking, and by all means, balance

- Stop having the reoccurring lucid nightmare involving a shark, in the Lightning Bolt mask, in the context of a Goosebump choose-your-ending book scenario.
- Popping my "way too late night karaoke" cherry that i've suppressed for the last year and change, with staff
- Taking up smoking in order to become closer to co-workers, and overall, look cooler
- Broadening my already pathetic, extensive collection of foreign vampire movies
- The final season of LOST (it needs to end)

Robby Morris, Matador Records

(in no order)


blues control - local flavor
broadcast & the focus group - witch cults of the radio age
demdike stare - symbiosis
emeralds - what happened & allegory of allergies
little claw - human taste
cass mccombs - catacombs
salvation - of unforgiving wind 12"
shackleton - three EPs
thee oh shees - help, et al.
vladislav delay - tummaa
young governor - virginia creeper b/w & i'm a mess & english tim b/w in the heart of a harem 7"'s

Todd Netter, Beggars Group

So I could undoubtedly fill my top albums of the year with Matador/Beggars Group related albums but where's the fun in that?  So here goes...
5 Bands/Albums I Listened To A Lot In 2009:
Japandroids Post-Nothing
Foreign Born -  Person To Person
Fever Ray - Fever Ray
Real Estate - Real Estate
Thee Oh Sees - Help

5 Bands/Albums From 2009 I Plan On Listening To More in 2010:
Obits I Blame You
Best Coast Best Coast + Make You Mine 7"s
Cymbals Eat Guitars Why There Are Mountains
Fuck Buttons Tarot Sport
Neko Case Middle Cyclone

5 Favorite Albums of the 2000s (admittedly nothing out of left field here and everything is from the first half of the decade but I listened to these 5 albums so much and in the end they may just be my favorite of the 2000s):
Sufjan Stevens Illnois
Arcade Fire Funeral
Boards of Canada Geogaddi
The Shins Oh, Inverted World
Elliot Smith Figure 8

5 Favorite Matador/Beggars Group Shows Of 2009:
Titus Andronicus at the Whitney Museum (July) - a rowdy show, so rowdy in fact that security had to cut their performance short by a song or two.
Yo La Tengo at the Roseland Ballroom (Sept) - band's music was accompanied by a terrific light show put on by Joshua White and Gary Painter
Mission of Burma's "Burma Day in Boston" (Oct) - Burma was properly recognized, in the form of a declaration from the City of Boston.
Jay Reatard's "Shattered Records Tour" at Le Poisson Rouge (Oct) - now that was a bill, 4-5 hours of great bands and great fun.  more of a party than a show.
Camera Obscura's show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg (Nov) - the very best I've heard them sound when playing songs from My Maudlin Career.

5 NYC moments for the history books (2000-09):
Sept 11, 2001
the Northeast Blackout of August 2003
the NYC Transit Strike in December 2005
the closing of the original Yankee Stadium - Sept 2008
Barack Obama's inauguration - January 2009 (ok not a NYC specific day but a pretty historic one nonetheless)

Gabe Spierer, Beggars Group

Foreign Born - Person to Person
All things Young Governor (esp. "Virginia Creeper" 7")
Atlas Sound - Logos and live in London in November
The fact that Epitaph did the Blood Brothers deluxe CD reissues. Not the albums themselves (which range from good to perfect), just the fact that this series exists. Amazes me for some reason.
Nine Inch Nails live at Bowery Ballroom
Death - ...For The Whole World To See
Girls - Dave Martin tells me, "Saying 'I told you so' is poor form." OK. Great year for Girls! Never saw it coming.
Watching The xx happen. Never saw it coming. No, really, I didn't.
Luxury - "Green Hearts" from "Yellow Pills: Prefill" comp. The first song after The xx on my iTunes, so I listened to it a lot. Power-pop magic.
The Horrors - Primary Colours and live at Music Hall of Williamsburg in October (always pretty great live, but this was like last-show-of-a-long-tour crusher-style honing-your-shit-every-night-across-America awesome)
Jay-Z live at Liberty State Park
Times New Viking - Born Again Revisited and live, always. Maybe the best band in the world, and definitely the funniest.
The Magic Kids live...Just the right side of a very thin line.
Zachary Cale - Walking Papers

Mike Venutolo-Mantovani, Matador Direct

Sound Things
Superchunk - Leaves in the Gutter EP (Merge)
The xx - xx (XL/Young Turks)
Sonic Youth - The Eternal (Matador)
Dinosaur Feathers - Fantasy Memorial EP (Self-released)
Young Governor - Virginia Creeper 7" (Self-released)
The Dutchess and the Duke - Sunrise/Sunset (Hardly Art)
Future of the Left - Travels With Myself and Another (4AD)
Death - For The Whole World to See (Drag City)
Wildbirds and Peacedrums - The Snake (The Control Group)
Pants Yell! - Received Pronounciation (Slumberland)
Anni Rossi - Rockwell (4AD)
Ofege - Try and Love (Academy LPs)
Sunn O))) - Monoliths & Dimensions (Southern Lord)
King Khan and BBQ - The Invisible Girl (In The Red)
Woods - Songs of Shame (Woodsist)
Rainbow Bridge - Big Wave Rider 7" (True Panther Sounds)
Blue Roses - Blue Roses (XL)

Sight Things
Fucked Up at the Independent
Dinosaur Feathers at Cameo (first night of residency)
Built to Spill at Terminal 5
Future of the Left at Spike Hill
tUnE-yArDs pretty much every time I see her
Kurt Vile at The Empty Bottle
The Mountain Goats at Webster Hall
Jay Reatard at Fingerprints
Sonic Youth at Electric Factory
too many others to list...

Happy Things
The Bro'd Trip
Finding the third piece of the Sherpas puzzle
Gibson's Steaks
Tiger Woods
ET's face when she met Ibold
Practicing Sonic Youth tunes in a beer closet with Gabe
Dean's office (file under "The Appropriation of True Panther Sounds")
Eula opens for Mission of Burma
Todd Netter: Karaoke God
Chicago weekends with the Big Goober
Hours upon hours of shit talking with Helen
Sonic Youth's House of Shifting Plates and Ridiculous Juice
Youtube-ing plane crash videos in an effort to scare the shit out of myself
Ben Goldberg's Dave Martin impression
Having a Matador logo on my paycheck
The Chicago Aquarium
Beggars/Matador Saucony Team... Trivial Pursuit night especially
Jay Reatard instore tour
Playing 50 shows in one summer with pow wow!
The Fesken/Fiedler wedding... don't let anyone tell you Ex Models can't dance
Izzy finally getting used to my beard
The opportunity to work with Sonic Youth
A return to form in dick and fart jokes
Hockey Bob
Pitchfork Festival
J Mascis on stage with Built to Spill
Atlanta Jin Jin
Villanova Basketball (Top 5!!! Go NOVA!!!)
Realizing that mom is tougher than I ever could have imagined
And so is dad
Chicago rock and roll buddy Dave
Hanging out in Paul Rosenberg's Magical Warehouse of Taxis
Making fantastic records with Dinosaur Feathers & Sherpas in said warehouse
Writing a "Best Of..." list for this here site

Best of 2009
Somehow convincing these guys that it'd be in their best interests to hire me

Worst of 2009
5 trips to Chicago and not one stop at Taco Burrito King. Weak, Mike... Reeeal weak.
The fucking Giants
The fucking Mets
Jimmy fucking Johnson
Helen's fucking bike

Dave Martin, Matador Direct

New records
1. Dutchess & the Duke - "Sunset/Sunrise" Hardly Art
2. Blues Control - "Local Flavor" Siltbreeze
3. Thomas Function - "In The Valley of Sickness" Fat Possum
4. Reigning Sound - "Love and Curses" In The Red
5. Mantles - S/T Siltbreeze


6. Greg Cartwright - "Live At The Circle A" Dusty Medical
7. Tyvek - S/T Siltbreeze
8. CoCoComa - "Things Are Not Alright" Goner
9.Espers - III Drag City
10. The Mayfair Set - "Young One" Captured Tracks / Woodsist

Almost:  the Clean - "Mister Pop", Vivian Girls - "Everything Goes Wrong" V/A - World's Lousy With Ideas Vol. 8, Boys Club - S/T, Heavy Trash - "Midnight Soul Serenade", Mannequin Men - "Lose Your Illusion Too", Naam - S/T, Polvo - "In Prisim", King Khan & BBQ Show - "Invisible Girl", Blank Dogs - "Under and Under"

Old Records New Again
1. Death - "For The Whole World To See" Drag City
2. Bill Fox - "Shelter From The Smoke" Scat
3. Crushed Butler - "Uncrushed" Radio Heartbeat
4. Mirrors - "Something That I Would Never" Velvet Times
5. Ivy Green - S/T Pogo
6. Ofege - "Try And Love" Academy LPs
7. V/A - "Messthetics #107:  London DIY vol. 3" Hyped2Death
8. Big Star - "Keep An Eye On The Sky"
9. Thin Lizzy - "Still Dangerous: Live At The Tower Theatre Philadelphia 1977" VH1 Classics
10. Betty Davis - "Is It Love Or Desire" - Sundazed

Almost:  Velvet Underground 7" box, Love - "Love Lost", V/A "Where The Action Is:  L.A. Nuggets"  Eddy Current Suppression Ring -S/T, Nerves -"One Way Ticket" & "Live @ The Pirate's Cove" & The Breakaways "Walking Out On Love" , V/A "Total Pop Vol. 1" and a bunch of records that got reissued that are essential but I didn't get too crazy about because I already had that action (not trying to be "that guy - just old) like the Jesus LIzard, Monks, The Terminals and the Feelies

Singles or EPs
1. Wounded Lion - "Creatures in the Cave (Ballad)" b/w Parots - Gilongo
2. Mike Rep & the Quotas - "Donovan's Brain Pts. 1 & 2" Columbus Discount Records
3. Sandwich - "Assisted Living" b/w "I've Had A Few" Columbus Discount Records
4. Cave Weddings - "Bring Your Love" b/w "Let's Drive" HoZac
5. Idle Times - "Get Your Feet Off The Ground" b/w "Driving You Sad" Woodsist & "Million Miles Away" b/w "Whatever Works For You" HoZac
6. Cheater Slicks - "Erotic Woman" b/w "Can't You Hear My (Heartbeat) " Columbus Discount Records
7. Monks - "Pretty Suzanne" b/w "Monk Time" Red Lounge Records
8. Kim Phuc - "Weird Skies" b/w "Suicide Circle" Dear Skull Records
9. Mark Sultan - "Hold On" b/w "I Hear A New World" Sub Pop & "I Am The End" b/w "Catastrophe" In The Red
10. Blank Dogs - "In Here" 7" - Down In The Ground  Sure it is a great record, but it was eclipsed the drama surrounding it.

Almost:  The rest of the Columbus Discount Records singles club records that came out in 2009 (and Year two has been pretty great so far too). Pyschedelic Horseshit "Shitgaze Anthems" & "Too Many Hits" (even if I just listed it), Silver Shampoo 7" on Whats Your Rupture?, White Mystery - "Powerglove" "Aaron" b/w "Ye Olde Stone"  on HoZac

Blake Thomas, Beggars Group

Food: Top 3 steak sambos I've had recently in NY
1. Harry's Cafe
2. Pastis
3. Estancia (Greenwich st.)

Album: The Dutchess and the Duke "Sunset/Sunrise"  (sorry Dave, but the shit is good)
Video: Dinosaur Jr. - Over it
Beer: Life & Limb (Sixpoint Bengali Tiger is real tasty too)
Booze: Black Maple Hill Small Batch Bourbon
Single: R. Kelly Echo
Movie: House Of The Devil
Team: Jayhawks. Beak ‘em
Show: Kurt Vile at Mercury Lounge
Blog: Hipster Runoff
TV: Friday Night Lights is real good

Patrick Amory, Matador Records
Best of 2009, a/k/a Adieu Vieille Europe:


1. Peste Noire - Ballade cuntre lo Anemi francor CS (De Profundis)
2. Young Governor - Hidden Love 12" EP (Parts Unknown)
3. Killed By Glam comp LP (Moonboot)
4. Ash Pool - Saturns Slave 7" (Hospital Productions)
5. Arthur Russell - Come To Life 7" (just the Arthur Russell side) (Terrible Records)
6. Tyvek - Tyvek LP (Siltbreeze)
7. Mount Kimbie - Maybes 12" (played at 33rpm) (Hotflush Recordings)
8. Eight Acts Of Origin comp LP (Raging Bloodlust)
9. Messthetics #107: DIY '78-'81 London III comp CD (track 10 onwards) (Hyped 2 Death)
10. Ashdautas - Shadow Plays of Grief and Pain CD (Ixiol Productions)
11. GG King - Adult Rock 7" (B-side only) (Douchemaster)
12. Spiritual Singers - Ntsamina LP (Mississippi)
13. Aardvarck - Blööm 3 12" (white label)
14. Omar Souleyman - Dabke 2020 CD (Sublime Frequencies)
15. Ofege - Try and Love LP (Academy)
16. Cedric IM Brooks & The Light Of Saba - The Magical Light Of Saba (Honest Jon's)
17. Dodsferd - Suicide And The Rest Of Your Kind Will Follow CD (Moribund Records)
18. Legends Of Benin comp dbl LP (Analog Africa)
19. Fleetwood Mac In Concert February 5, 6, 7 1970 4XLP box set (esp 2nd sidelong version of Rattleshake Snake) (Vinyl Lovers)
20. Ouaga Affair: Hard Won Sound Of The Upper Volta 1974-1978 dbl LP (Savannahphone)

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records

Jeffrey Novak – After The Ball (LMN)
Jesu – Opiate Sun (Calo Verde)


Bad Sports – s/t (Douchemaster)
The Golden Boys – Electric Wolfman (Daggerman/Alien Snatch)
Maximo Park – Quicken The Heart (Warp)
Tommy Keene – In The Late Bright (Second Motion)
Hex Dispensers – Winchester Mystery House (Douchemaster)
CoCoComa – Things Are Not All Right (Goner)
Love Collector – “My Baby Goes Waaah!” 7″ (Big Action)
John Wesley Coleman – Steal My Mind (Certified P.R.)
Tyvek – s/t (Siltbreeze)
The Mayfair Set – Young Ones 12″ EP (Captured Tracks/Woodsist)
Box Elders – Alice & Friends (Goner)
Chimiks – s/t (Slovenly)
Young Governor – “Virgina Creeper” 7″ (Plastic Idol)

live :
Mayyors (someone's house, March)
Gunslingers (Beerland, March)
The Muffs (Southpaw, Brooklyn, January)
Ratas Del Vaticano (Sound On Sound, May),
Gentlemen Jesse & His Men (The Earl, Atlanta, August)
Cruddy (End Of An Ear, December)
Don Howland's A Burning Bus (Murphy's, Memphis, September),
Axemen (Broken Neck, November)
Total Abuse (Cake Shop, NYC, January)
Andrew Dice Clay (Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, November)
Pierced Arrows (Satyricon, Portland. October)
Endless Boogie (Beerland/Music Gym, March)
TV Ghost (Headhunters, March),
Brutal Knights (Emo's, May)
Jesus Lizard, (Waterloo Park, November)
Spider Bags / John Wesley Coleman (The Grand, December)
but for sheer consistent brilliance, over and fucking over again, Dikes Of Holland

worst things about 2009:
the home field disadvantage(s) of Citi Field
Sound On Sound closing

best things about 2009 :
furry fire alarms!
Manny Pacquiao
Trailer Space

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